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One of the greatest gifts a person can receive is companionship. And that’s just what students from around the East Greenbush Central School District brought to seniors at the Beverwyck senior living community in Slingerlands on Friday.

Students in the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council visited three groups of seniors at the Beverwyck assisted living residence and nursing home. They made ornaments together and chatted about a variety of topics.

“It’s so nice to bring these children here,” a 95-year old resident told Superintendent Jeff Simons, who organized the field trip. “It brings back so many memories of when I was that age.”

The students, who range from 5th to 12th grade, showed great care and tenderness with the Beverwyck residents as they helped them paint ornaments in the shapes of hearts, Christmas trees and the Star of David. The residents could just have easily been their grandparents or great-grandparents.

“The students and the senior residents at Beverwyck really connected,” Mr. Simons said. “Everyone benefits from these kinds of intergenerational activities.”

In the midst of the holiday season, spending some time with kids seemed like the perfect gift for these seniors.

“This means the world to them,” said Jessica Stever, Beverwyck’s Activities, Volunteer Services & Transportation Manager. “It’s very special for our residents, especially around the holidays.”