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Life Skills Students Spread Holiday Cheer

Oak Hills High School students bring Christmas to a senior resort

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Life Skills Students Spread Holiday Cheer

Life Skills students singing carols to the senior citizens

Life Skills students singing carols to the senior citizens

Savannah Godinez

Life Skills students singing carols to the senior citizens

Savannah Godinez

Savannah Godinez

Life Skills students singing carols to the senior citizens

Yuri Cain and Savannah Godinez

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On December 17th, 2018 a group of 18 students from Oak Hills High School went to Foremost Retirement Resort. These Life Skills students were watched by their teachers and aids as they made their way into the dining hall to set up for the senior citizens.

Two OHHS Life Skills teachers, Nicole Bales and Stephanie Barden, came together with their aids and the Foremost Resort in order to put on a small event for the seniors. The students started off by singing Christmas carols to the seniors with new people showing up every so often. Afterwards, some of the students walked around and introduced themselves while also handing out tiny gifts such as holiday mugs filled with candy.

“It’s heartwarming to see the kindness and the love that is inside these kids and that they’re able to give, especially during Christmas,” commented Bales.

With the special needs students paired up with a senior citizen, they started a game of bingo. As they played the three rounds, teachers observed and had some small talk with the photographer that was present and the journalist from Daily Press, Rene Ray De La Cruz.

“This is something I’ve never experienced before but I’d definitely like to do it again,” Isabella Lopez, a junior and band student at OHHS, stated.

The students then performed their routine to the song “Car Wash” by Rose Royce. Their performance was a first place winner at the OHHS Talent Show and was still a showstopper at the Retirement Resort. The citizens clapped along and some even joined in on the Soul Train line. The room was filled with enthusiasm and joy even as the song ended and the students got a round of applause.

Soon after, it was time to pack up and get lunch before heading back to school. The students said their goodbyes to each person they were paired with and anyone else they could hug before being escorted out. They finally all piled into the bus and headed to The Habit where they were able to relax and talk about their experience for the event.

It was an amazing opportunity for the students to be able to connect with the senior citizens. They don’t always get visitors so the workers at Foremost encourage other students to come and visit as well. The Resort is open to all who would like to volunteer and bring joy to its citizens.

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