THE art of pen pals and friendship is not only being revived between generations in Leeton, but it is flourishing.
Children at Leeton's Goodstart Early Learning Centre are making sure they are keeping their connections with aged care residents in the shire strong despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
The centre's preschool children usually visit Assumption Villa each week to visit residents, but with this unable to happen at the moment, new ways of connecting are still creating smiles.
Villa residents wrote the children a letter and sent them sea creature pictures for a fishing game. In return, the children coloured these pictures in and wrote letters back to the residents.
The pictures will be used to play the game once they can see each other in person again.
On top of this, a staff member at Carramar reached out to the centre asking if children could send some of their paintings to the residents there.
These pictures of rainbows have now reached the residents and are helping to brighten their days during the lockdown.
Goodstart Early Learning Centre Samantha Gray said it was important to keep these connections going now and into the future.
"Times like this are making it that little bit harder, but we are determined to put smiles on lots of faces," she said.
"It is a really nice feeling to know that we are able to do these types of things, while teaching our children empathy and understanding for different situations."