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Woodside Elementary Students Spread Holiday Cheer at Montrose Veterans Home: A Photo Gallery

First grade students from Woodside Elementary School sang holiday songs and passed out hand-made cards and candy canes to residents at the Montrose Veterans Home on Saturday. See a photo gallery from this event here.

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."

To see pictures of this event scroll though the accompanying photo gallery in this article.

Leslie Lawler December 04, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Woodside Students: We are so proud of you!! What a wonderful thing to do! This is such a lovely story....look at the pure joy on the residents' faces. I'm heartened to see that we're instilling such good values in our youngsters....well done Peekskill School District and keep up the good works!
Wendy Kelly December 05, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Wonderful story and photos Ms. Hernandez and thanks kids. Look at the little girl in Christmas tree dress, so sweet. Beautiful photos.
leesther brown December 05, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Priceless....#teachthemwell...
Karen Wallis December 07, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Thank you too to Ms. Hoagland, art teacher, who had the entire first grade make greeting cards with winter scenes for every resident at Montrose Veterans' Home. Many residents hang up the cards in their rooms after receiving them. This outreach into the Montrose Veterans' Home has been a great service-learning project. It has coupled the needs of the residents with the needs of the students. The children learn about veterans through their social studies units, now they get to meet them in person. At the end of the caroling event one student noticed that some residents were playing BINGO, she wanted to play also. She has sparked an idea for a future outing - getting students to play/assist residents in playing BINGO. More info. to follow on that one. One last thing - this event would not have been possible without the support of our parents. They took time off from the busy schedules over the weekends, drove their children to the facility and then stayed with them throughout the whole event. A couple of families even took the bus to get to home. We truly appreciate everyone's supportive efforts to make this event successful! The Montrose Veterans' Home has always been very accommodating of our schedule and very easy to work with! Thank you!!

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