On Saturday the residents at the Montrose Veterans Home got a very special visit from a group of Woodside Elementary School children who, led by their music teacher, Crystal Hernandez, spent the afternoon singing holiday songs throughout the building.
"This is our second year attending the Montrose Veteran's Home and each year, Woodside's First Grade students are so excited to spread some holiday cheer to those who have served our country," Hernandez said.
Residents first gathered in the main recreation room to hear the children perform as they were accompanied by Hernandez on piano. After singing a number of classic holiday tunes the children concluded that portion of their performance with “God Bless America.”
"This is an excellent experience for the students because they are given the opportunity to give something back to the community," Hernandez said.
Once they were finished singing in the recreation room, the children were led through the halls to go caroling throughout the rest of the building. As they made their way through each wing of the home the students presented hand-made holiday cards and candy canes to residents.
“The students will never forget the way it felt to make someone else smile because they took the time to care,” Hernandez said. “This how we create compassionate and responsible citizens."
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