Seniors receive unexpected gifts from the Quaker Village PS school community
On December 8th, from 9 a.m. to noon, parents, students and staff at Quaker Village PS in Uxbridge celebrated the upcoming holidays by thinking of the senior citizens at Butternut Manor Residence.
The school decided to host their parent engagement event differently this year. Grade 8 students helped the younger students make personalized crafts and cards for local seniors. Vice-Principal Gavin Ruddock and one of the parents, Jenn Pearlston, helped to organize the event
"The goal of this initiative is to remind students and families that the holidays are about giving," Ruddock said.
The students worked hard on the crafts and loved the idea of making the senior's day a little brighter.
"I just loved the whole thing! The event was such a great idea," said Grade 5 student Jane F. "I loved doing crafts. Helping all the cute kids with their crafts was fun and the snacks were delicious."
They also played the movie "Charlie Brown's Christmas" in the library and set-up a holiday dance area for the kids who finished their cards. Ruddock said the families also donated non-perishable food items that will be given to the local food bank later this month.
"We made cards for the seniors to make them feel happy," says Grade 1 students Ian P.
The personalized crafts and cards were delivered by the students in person to the residents at the retirement home.