SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Students at William N. DeBerry Elementary School hosted a special presentation for MiraVista Behavioral Health Center on Monday.

The students at DeBerry Elementary School have been making holiday cards for patients and the staff at MiraVista Behavioral Health Center. MiraVista told 22News they received more than 300 cards that were presented Monday morning.

“The students love to use their creativity and talents to interact with their community, and this year students were so excited to have this special project around the holidays,” said Elizabeth Fazio, principal of the Union Street School for kindergarten through grade 5. “Projects like these are supported by our families and staff volunteers.”

Fazio added that it “warms our hearts to see the fun and joy the students have in giving back to and appreciating their community this time of year.”

“It’s important to let the kids know at an early age there is no shame admitting you need mental health, we talk a lot about physical health but we rarely ever talk about mental health, so this is is exactly to not only talk about it, but to create something extra special for the patients and the workers,” said Visual Arts Teacher Brie Shonak.

Kimberley Lee, Chief of Creative Development and Strategy for Holyoke-based MiraVista, said that she knew students from DeBerry were community-minded because they recently helped create a mural for a laundromat in Springfield. Lee invited the students to partner with MiraVista to create some holiday cheer for the patients.

“We are beyond grateful for their creations,” Lee said. “Throughout December’s holidays, which include Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, we have adults and adolescents in our inpatient psychiatric units who are receiving treatment for their emotional well-being. The cards from the students are a nice message to patients and staff at this time of year that their well-wishers are many.”

“Everyone will receive a little holiday joy from the students’ artistic designs and from the fact that so much thought and care went into creating them,” said Lee who picked up the cards to deliver to patients and MiraVista staff.

Within a few months, another major event for DeBerry students when they move into the building next door still under construction. The Benjamin Swan School will house both the DeBerry and Homer schools. The newest of the cities school construction projects.