10-year-old Aron Anderson, who lives on the tiny island of Out Skerries hundreds of miles off the coast of Scotland, is literally the only pupil at his school. He gets taught in a two-room building, he has one teacher, and according to the Telegraph his closest friends on the island are ducks, sheep and his dog. The island’s population is 70.
Now, in the wake of his story being widely shared across Britain in the last couple of weeks, an online campaign has been started to send Aron Christmas cards.
The campaign was started by Reddit moderator BesottedScot, and it’s been receiving a lot of attention on the United Kingdom and Scotland subreddits. They wrote in the campaign description:
“I phoned his school last week to let them know that I was planning this, and that I recommended his parent(s) and/or his teacher helps him to open the cards. I really want him to get a big massive smile on his face, so please, write a wee message in the card to show your support too! We have 20,000 subscribers on here and if even 1% of you send a card that’s 200 cards to a lonely boy to cheer his Christmas right up. I hope you’ll do me proud and send some nice festive cheer.”
Apparently people have been sharing it on Facebook, and it looks as though word has already travelled across the Atlantic to the U.S.
Aron’s mother Denise was reported as saying:
“This is going to be his first winter as the only pupil so it’s hard to tell how it will be for him. I do feel sorry for Aron being all by himself at school — but he really is happy. Spending a lot of time with adults has made him quite grown-up, but he does enjoy trips to the mainland to meet other children.”
Well Aron might not have many people to talk to on his island, but — if the Christmas card campaign is a success — he’ll soon discover that there are lots of people around the world who want to talk to him.