While the weather warms up around the Tristate, so do the hearts of some students at an Evansville school. Students from Resurrection Catholic School decide to pay a visit to the residents at Pine Haven Nursing Home. Students figured they would leave the residents with a memory, but quickly found themselves walking away impacted.
Enjoying a fun time together, making new friends, and sharing a smile are all things that have no age limit. Students from Resurrection Catholic School, in Evansville, decide to spend some time with the residents at Pine Haven Nursing Home. "They tell you their life story, and it's cool. It's like you're going back in time." says student Raelynn Grossman.
Breaking the generation gap, two of the school's organizations, Student Council and Teen Power, decided to join forces for a community project. "We were thinking, how could we go out and make someone's day." Club Advisor, Amy Hassler, says the idea was a hit with the students. "You have these winter months, and they are just blah, so the kids decided to come here to Pine Haven." says Hassler.
Around forty students play games, and share some laughs. "Just the small things of saying hello, or giving someone a smile, that's all it takes to make a resident's day," Hassler says. During the cold winter months, residents receive a heartwarming gift. Hassler says, the students spent the last month planing for their visit, making around thirty fleece-tie blankets, and filling goodie bags, to give their new friends. "The kids are learning from them that it's really the small things in life, that is all you need. Just sitting down and having a conversation, and meeting someone for the first time, is a big deal to the residents," says Hassler.
It's a way to give back, while having fun, but for most of these students it's an eye opening experience. "Today they told our principal, about half of them have never been in a nursing home before," says Hassler. "No matter what, just always be friendly with someone, even if you don't know them," says Student Kendall Hurt.
Age is just a number when it comes to making a difference in the lives of others. "I think the biggest thing is, that they say thank you, and it makes us then feel good. It makes us
feel that we are doing something good for the older generations," says Grossman.
Administrators and the students say the visit is something they hope to continue every year, from now on.