LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A class at Purdue University is writing letters to residents at the St. Mary Healthcare Center in Lafayette. For the last three semesters they've been writing back and forth as pen pals and helping to bridge the generational gap.
In previous classes, students would visit the residents. But COVID-19 has shut the doors on visitors in senior centers.
Limited Term Instructor and course leader Keith Molter did not want the connections to end.
"So now what we do is we write letters because people cant get visitors," Molter said.
"It's very very exciting for them to get a letter from a student."
Molter says the goals of the letters are not only to bridge those generational gaps, but to help students become better members of their community.
"It's good for the student wherever they work, you've got to be a good manager, you've got to be a good person."
One resident, Marilyn Delong, has been writing with the students. She used to receive visitors before the pandemic.
"Well since we've only had friends and family vist through the window in our room, it's been pretty dog-gone nice," Delong said.
She says she has received letters from all sorts of students, from cheerleaders to baseball players and football players.
"Keep on writing. I'd like the students to keep on writing," Delong said.
"And then when they come it'd be nice to meet them."