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Wolfe students connect with nursing center residents

Dollie Greene, at left, a resident at Jesse Helms Nursing Center in Monroe, accepts a gift bag from Brittany Thomason, at right, a senior at Wolfe School. Also pictured is Wolfe School teacher assistant, center, Michelle Parker.

Students at Wolfe School took an opportunity to give back to the community recently when they traveled to Jesse Helms Nursing Facility to make a connection with the elderly residents.
   
Students sang holiday and winter songs and then distributed care packages they had made. Families donated gift items suggested by the nursing center staff, including socks, lotion, facial tissue and toiletry items. The students prepared and decorated the gift bags themselves.
   
“It’s so heartwarming, I just can’t stop smiling,” said Marie Gaines, activities coordinator for Jesse Helms Nursing Center. “It’s beautiful to see the intergenerational connection between our residents and these young people.”
   
Wolfe music teacher Jennifer Mascheri and Wolfe teacher Amanda Lucius coordinated the event.
   
The (then) Wolfe School principal Stephanie McManus said the visit was an opportunity for the Wolfe students to give back.
   
“We try to teach our students that they are community members and as community members they can contribute to the community at large,” McManus said. “This is an opportunity to have fellowship with our elderly citizens and let them know that we really do care.”
   
McManus said singing to the residents was also enjoyable for the students. “It’s entertaining for the Jesse Helms residents, but we’re going to have fun ourselves, as well,” she said. “And we want to remind them how thankful we are for them this time of year.”
 

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Jan 06, 2009 by Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator

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