In the days leading up to Valentine's Day, the students at Jacobson Elementary were busy crafting messages filled with love—this time, for the residents of the senior living facility across the street.

The event was organized by the school's parent-teacher association, PTO Community Chair Brittany Gaitan.

"We were thinking Valentine's Day is coming and trying to find something virtual we could do," Gaitan said. "We have a good partnership with Gardens at Ocotillo senior living facility and thought it would be a neat idea to try and spread a little cheer for them by having the kids decorate Valentines."

On the Valentines, Gaitan said, kids from kindergarten through sixth grade wrote everything from "I love you" to "I miss you" to "I hope you have a good day."

Senior living facilities have largely been closed to the public and visitors during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as their residents are considered high-risk for contracting the virus. Gaitan said she hopes the gesture will brighten the days of the residents.


"We just wanted to connect with them. We know it's a hard time, and they can't have visitors," Gaitan said.