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Waxhaw fifth graders share their time and talent with others

Fifth grade students share holiday cheer with nursing home residents during winter break.

On Saturday, December 21, eighteen fifth graders started their winter break by sharing the holiday spirit with the residents at the White Oaks Nursing Home in Waxhaw. The idea for the trip came during a weekly class meeting in October and grew during the following meetings. The students in Mrs. Stuka’s fifth grade class brainstormed ways that they, as a group, could make a difference in the world. The final decision was to visit the White Oaks Nursing Home to sing Christmas carols and pass out Christmas cards to the residents. The students practiced playing “Jingle Bells” on their recorders and sang Christmas carols during their music classes with Mr. Ryder. Christmas cards were designed with the help of Ms. Winans, the art teacher. A classroom parent, Mr. Schomp, brought his guitar for a final practice that built even more enthusiasm for the upcoming trip.
 

While most students in Union County were enjoying their first day of “freedom from school,” these thoughtful students, accompanied by their teacher (who was bursting with pride) and several parents, got up early on Saturday morning to bring Christmas cheer to the residents of White Oaks. As Mr. Schomp played his guitar, the students strolled the hallways, filling the building with the sounds of Christmas and passing out handmade Christmas cards. “Jingle Bells” was sung and played on several recorders as many residents joined in the singing.


There is no doubt that these students made a difference in the lives of others, and while doing so, created a lasting memory that will make a difference in their own lives, as well.

 

Written by: Maureen Stuka
Posted: Jan 13, 2014 by Dana Sullivan

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