Karinya Chen impacted the lives of all she touched. She was a beloved member of the Kirby Hall community. Her intelligence, charm, kindness, dogged determination, positive outlook, talent, and faith continue to inspire us to reach for our better selves.
It is no surprise that millions, both nationally and internationally, watched the moving video of her with Florence + The Machine.
For the charity/service project, our first grade class adopted Hospice Austin’s Christopher House, where Karinya spent much time, sensing it was a way to give back to the organization that had given so much to Karinya.
Throughout the school year, they made differently themed cards and sent them to Christopher House in hopes of brightening the days of those in their care.
Kirby Hall is a family, and it is important for us as a community to deepen students’ compassion and empathy and the importance of a sharing caring heart. Job well done first graders and Ms. Terry Parks, who plans on continuing this project with her incoming first grade class.
Pictured are the “happy” cards they made, and the thank you note they received in return.