Creative spelling lesson leads to ‘wedding,’ inspires students to give back Florida Hospital for Children patients

April 28, 2017

Wedding bells rang at the Park Maitland School today for “Mr. Q” and “Miss U,” giving pre-kindergarten students not only a spelling lesson, but an even greater message of generosity and giving back.

The wedding of "Q" and "U," a decade-long tradition at Park Maitland, is a creative way for students to remember that these two letters are always together in words like quack, quilt and quiet.

As customary at a wedding, the youngsters and their parents brought a gift, but in this case, the presents were donated to patients at Florida Hospital for Children.  

“Our children are very blessed, and it’s important that we teach them the importance of giving back to others, especially those who are less fortunate or facing a major illness,” said Cindy Moon, Head of School for Park Maitland School. “The QU wedding is a fun tradition that allows our students to bring happiness to other little ones staying at the hospital.”

Dozens of students and parents brought their gifts to the hospital on behalf of "Q" and "U," filling up several wagons full of toys. Those gifts will then be distributed to children in the hospital who need a little cheering up.

"For our patients, these toys bring a welcome distraction from their hospital stay," said Traci Woods, director of Family Centered Care and Child Life at Florida Hospital for Children. "We are grateful for these gifts and the meaning behind them, and the generosity of Park Maitland’s students and faculty."   

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