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

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Fla., ORLANDO, Fla., April 27, 2018 — Something old, something new, something borrowed, something “Q” and “U.” Dozens of pre-kindergarten students at Park Maitland School gathered today for the wedding of “Mr. Q” and “Miss U,” a tradition that not only teaches 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 is 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 essential that we encourage the importance of giving back to others, especially to 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 teaches our students in more ways than one, and allows them to share some joy with other little ones staying at the hospital.”

Students and parents brought enough gifts to fill several wagons with toys. Those toys will then be distributed to children in the hospital who need a little cheering up.

“We are grateful for the generosity of Park Maitland’s students, families and faculty,” said Traci Woods, Director of Family Centered Care and Child Life at Florida Hospital for Children. "These gifts and the thoughtfulness behind them will bring some much needed joy and normalcy to our patients and their families.”

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