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Amy Driver: Hadley farm owners reached out to youth to mark solemn tragedy

To the editor:

For a week not much has brought a smile to my face as I read through the Gazette each morning, but Tuesday’s story about Martin the calf did. Hats off to Bruce Jenks and Laurie Cuevas, owners of Maple Valley Creamery in Hadley. It was a timely and kind gesture to encourage young 4-H Dairy Club kids to think of a memorable name for a calf born at their farm on the day of the Boston Marathon. They chose the name of the 8-year-old Dorchester boy killed that day.

Compassion and empathy are very important emotions to teach to children, and nurturing these emotions requires examples of thoughtfulness and non-wavering forms of true kindness. The thoughtfulness Jenks and Cuevas displayed by including the kids in their search for a great name for their calf made me feel admiration toward them. Their story surely reached many audiences. I bet I wasn’t the only one who smiled while reading that lovely article. Thank you, Jenks and Cuevas, for taking the time to reach out and include the little ones.

Amy Driver

South Hadley

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