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A student and senior work together on a Christmas ornament

Kaelynn Stringer, a 6th grader from Howard L. Goff Middle School, helps Patricia Finnerty make a Christmas ornament on Tuesday morning at Beverwyck in Slingerlands.

Students shared the Christmas spirit with seniors on Tuesday morning when they visited the Beverwyck senior living community in Slingerlands. The fifth and sixth graders from East Greenbush Central School District helped the seniors paint overturned small clay pots and then hung bells inside to make festive ornaments.

During the craft, the students and seniors got to know each other, talking about Christmas traditions, family and school.

“It was really fun,” said Kaelynn Stringer, a 6th grader from Howard L. Goff Middle School.

At the end of the activity, the students and seniors went downstairs to place their colorful and glittery ornaments on the Christmas tree in the living room.

Patricia and James Finnerty, who will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary next week, were two of the residents who participated.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Mrs. Finnerty, who noted that she has a granddaughter the same age as the students. “They were all well-behaved, creative and empathetic.”

The field trip was part of the school district’s Student Advisory Council, which is comprised of students from all seven schools. They work with Superintendent Jeff Simons to bring positive change to their schools and community while developing leadership skills.

Older students, from 7th through 12th grades, visited seniors in the nursing home facility in the next building over, reading them poems and stories.

“The holiday season provides a wonderful opportunity for the students to appreciate the gifts received through serving others,” said Mr. Simons.

Students and seniors make Christmas ornaments together

Students and a senior hold Christmas ornaments

Kaelynn Stringer, a 6th grader from Howard L. Goff Middle School, helps Patricia Finnerty make a Christmas ornament on Tuesday morning at Beverwyck in Slingerlands.

A student places his ornament on the Christmas tree at Beverwyck