Newport teen collects letters of support for nursing home dealing with outbreak

When Woodlawn Care Center announced its COVID-19 outbreak in late October, Maddie Miller knew she needed to act.

The senior at Newport High spent her summer as an activities aide with the residents of the Newport nursing home. She originally saw the job mainly as a way to get around visitor limitations to see her grandmother, Kay. But it turned into days spent playing bingo, making crafts and taking walks while forming relationships with the residents.

“I went into it thinking I was just going to spend time with my grandma, and I ended up making pretty strong connections with the residents,” she said.