PORTAGE | Myers Elementary School Student Council took time to visit residents at Sterling House. It was the students' idea.
During the first half of the school year, these 20 fourth- and fifth-graders had brainstormed a list of service opportunities they wished to pursue. One of their choices was to visit a nearby nursing home to deliver Valentines, bring smiles and swap stories with the residents of Sterling House.
Students circulated around a living room area, interacting with the residents and watching the faces of individuals who were moved as they read their cards. They proceeded to ask the students about themselves and the students did the same.
Additionally during the one-hour visit, groups of two and three were led to some residents’ rooms and greeted them with a “Happy Valentine’s Day.” They were met with everything from hugs to laughter, and one resident even pretended not to know what Valentine’s Day was - before admitting the gag with a smile on his face.