On Thursday, students from Pre-K and K-1 class went to visit the Rosemont Retirement Home in Yelm. They sang Christmas carols to the residents and gave Christmas cards created by the children. They were warmly welcomed by the Rosemont residents who offered many hugs and thank you’s in exchange.
“Our current learning theme is Giving and Sharing,” says Miss Audrey, K-1 teacher. “We were looking for ways to make that concrete for the children, and to have them really give and spread the joy. We thought that sometimes the elderly don’t have many visitors, or access to young children. We know how that makes them happy. So, we thought that it would be both beneficial for the children, and make the Rosemont residents’ Christmas, a happy one. You know, it’s one thing to give to parents, or a loved one, but to go to a stranger and to give them a hug, and give them a card ….to do something for a pure stranger, is a whole other act of love. This gave the children a hands-on, direct experience about giving.”
“When I saw the look of joy and delight on the people’s faces, I had tears in my eyes.” said Miss Sonya, C.R.E.A.T.E. specialist, and videographer. “I was very proud of our sweet, little Phoenix students and the meaningful contribution they were making to the community. It was a beautiful.”
The children were so excited to share their experience when they got back to school. Six year old Aldie said, “My favorite part was when we sang to the people and also we gave them little pictures.”
Dalton shared, “My favorite part is when, there were pictures of Santa and it was really fun giving them out. And singing. One of them, when I said Merry Christmas, they asked to give me a hug and I said, Yes!”
Iyla and Zofia both liked handing out the cards, and , “…saying to the people, Happy Christmas!! …they liked that! And I really liked singing the songs.”
The experience was so deeply meaningful to teachers and children that this may become a yearly event. Everyone involved learned once again, that the gift is in the giving, not in the receiving. View photos here.