By Emma Russell
Student Life Editor
On March 1, Service and Public Relations Chair of Kappa Sigma Fraternity junior Michael Nichols sent out an email to the Washington College community asking for participation in a letter writing campaign focused on the Chestertown senior living facility Heron Point.
“While even a single word on a single letter can still make a world of difference, we’d like to support as many people as possible and for that, we need your help,” the email said.
The brothers of Kappa Sigma and the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha collaborated together on this project.
According to Nichols, Kappa Sigma has hosted a letter writing campaign in the past around the Christmas season to military veterans, in support of their philanthropy the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign.
Nichols said the letter writing campaign was originally going to be a get together between the brothers, “but then we started thinking about how to further involve the community right now; as it stands a lot of people kind of just need something to do and a lot of people could use a little pick me up.”
“The biggest thing I wanted to do is create a local impact. I think, especially now, the community bond of Chestertown and WC could always stand to be strengthened. Getting closer to the people we live along side and fostering more of a communal bond,” Nichols said.
On March 6, a joint letter writing session was held via Zoom.
“I think having people be together and writing at the same time really boosts that community connection,” Nichols said.
“People did collaborate in the chat. They were trying to find funny jokes to throw into their letters… it was pretty fun,” he said.
Over the course of the campaign Nichols said they received 70 letters, which exceeded his expectations.
According to Nichols all the letters were subject to a screening process to ensure all information in them was accurate and that nothing malicious was written. The letters were sent out on March 15.
“Given that this went super well, I’d like to make [the event] annual, or maybe biannual. We’re just gonna have to see how it goes from there, but I do want to keep this going,” Nichols said.
“You gotta be creative about how you get to connect with those around you. It’s difficult… but humans are strong, and we can easily achieve that by using the amazing things in our heads,” he said.
Nichols encouraged all students to find ways to bond with the community safely among COVID-19 restrictions. “If you have an idea, don’t be afraid to try it. The worst you can do is fail and learn. The best you can do is make an amazing impact and influence a bunch of people.”