Second graders spread holiday cheer at Brookridge Heights

Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 6:26 PM EST
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Second graders from Graveraet Elementary spread the holiday cheer on Thursday by singing Christmas carols for Brookridge Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care residents.

"This is something that we do annually. We make cards and we talk about the residents that live here at Brookridge and about how they might be missing their friends and family during the holidays, and so we decide to come in and do a little Christmas cheer with them,” said Graveraet Second Grade Teacher, Lori Smolinski.

After the carols, the children passed out candy canes and home-made Christmas cards to the residents.

Then, the room was all smiles and laughs as the residents and students played a round of holiday-themed Bingo.

"Every year we discuss how we really wish we could spend more time just talking and getting to know the people that live here, so this year we decided to go out on a limb and try an activity,” Smolinski said.

Events like this not only help the students develop social skills and emotional intelligence, but they also bring joy to the residents since sometimes, the holidays can be lonely for them.

"Everybody that works here really wants to make sure the community and different generations are coming in and interacting with our residents to keep them very much connected to what's going on in our community and everybody in it,” said Brookridge Leisure and Lifestyle Director, Jamie Weeder.

That joy was apparent from the moment the kids entered the room.

"Children are almost like some kind of switch for our residents here at Brookridge. They hold a very special place in their hearts, I'm sure. They remind them of their grandchildren, they remind them of their own children that are now grown up,” Weeder said.

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