Risa Hughes, a 7-year-old Russell Boulevard Elementary first grader, wrote a poem celebrating well being care staff that attracted world consideration.
Within the “One World: Collectively at House” pre-show broadcast April 18, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend sat facet by facet. They requested their viewers for ideas on important staff, Legend mentioned, and acquired Spitulnik’s “pretty, candy poem.”
Teigen then learn the poem.
“Docs and nurses are my heroes,” she learn. “They assist everybody. Once you’re sick and while you’re damage, docs and nurses will at all times assist. They’re sort and delicate. They’re at all times courageous. I am so glad docs and nurses are round.”
The Together at Home concert was held by International Citizen to assist the World Well being Group, well being care staff and the apply of social distancing. The pre-show and live performance aired on various cable networks and streaming companies.
International Citizen is a challenge centered on “ending excessive poverty by 2030,” internet hosting music festivals since 2012 with this aim, in accordance with its web site.
Risa likes to attract, learn, write tales and do gymnastics. Her mother and father, Jennifer Spitulnik and Josh Hughes, describe her as precocious and vivid. Many say speaking to her “is like speaking to just a little grownup,” Jennifer Spitulnik mentioned.
“She’s not afraid to be herself, which is absolutely nice,” she mentioned.
Risa mentioned it was “kinda bizarre” to see her poem on TV. “It kinda felt embarrassing,” she mentioned.
Her mother mentioned the response to the clip on social media from college academics and directors was one of the crucial thrilling issues for Risa.
“These are all folks she actually misses,” Jennifer Spitulnik mentioned. “She misses college lots.”
Risa’s uncle, Brian Spitulnik, was the lead author for the International Citizen pre-show, and when the present wanted a poem for the phase with Teigen and Legend, he requested Risa if she wish to write one thing.
“My brother knew his niece likes to put in writing and has some very pretty issues to say,” Jennifer Spitulnik mentioned.
She mentioned the expertise was an excellent alternative for Risa.
“It is a actually cool factor to listen to your phrases learn out loud by another person and to see different folks appreciating them,” Jennifer Spitulnik mentioned.