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Student Council Spreads some Cheer

On Tuesday, March 27, the Marvin Elementary Student Council went to the Carriage Club Nursing Home in Charlotte to visit with some of the residents. They began the morning by giving the senior citizens homemade cards. They then helped them with their morning stretches.

I think the children were amazed to see the difficulty some of the residents had with simple movements that they, the students, take for granted. They then played a game where they gently threw a ball and listed things from memory.

Our children were so poised and polite around the residents.

Several of the students performed for the group by singing, playing the piano, violin or reading poems. They then just went around and introduced themselves and chatted with the seniors. The activities director said that several of the residents were somewhat reclusive and didn't want to participate but you would never have known by the expressions on their faces. They were smiling and nodding and talking to the children as if they were longtime friends.

I was so proud of these children. They went above beyond my expectations! As we were leaving many of the residents thanked us for coming and asked if we could come again.

Written by: Elizabeth Gutt, 5th Grade Teacher
Posted: Apr 03, 2012 by Marni Menkin

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