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Kindergartners bring laughter, hugs to residents

Mar 03, 2011

Gerald Hoyle was the overall winner of the Wii bowling tournament, beating out Gene Anderson by five points.  Plans are for another tournament soon and Gene vows to win the next one.

    Thelma Wagner’s son Ken Wagner of Washington led Bible Study Saturday afternoon in the Health Center’s activity room.  Ken is in charge every fourth Saturday.  The February lessons were on the book of Genesis. March’s will be on the book of Mark.  Richard Henningfield has been setting up the schedule for about seven years, laying out the theme for each month and the Bible verses to support it.  He and Mary Atwood alternate being the leader for the second Saturday’s study.  Others who regularly direct the discussions are Emory VanGerpen and Mary Case.  Phyllis VanGerpen takes the fifth Saturdays and Esther Bordwell and Darwin Widmer are substitutes.  Usually six to twelve people attend the class.

    About 100 people attended the Celebration of Life service for the 31 residents who died during the past year.  Erin Drahota, assistant manager, welcomed the group.  Michelle Steinberg read an “affirmation of those who care for others.” As Lou Ann Miller, resident services manager, and Ron Northup, maintenance man, read the names of the deceased, Paula Brinning lighted candles.  Carol Enfield handed out carnations to family members.  Bruce Zwicki of the United Presbyterian Church sang two songs and played his guitar during the service. Donnita Payne-Hostetler, chaplain of Hospice Compassus, gave the message and Cindy Nisley, grief counselor, read some passages.  The afternoon ended with visiting and cookies and punch.

    Pinochle was the game of choice at the card social on Tuesday night. 

    Laughter and hugs were in evidence as Miss Bang’s kindergarten class visited for a half-hour Wednesday morning. The very well-behaved youngsters sang some songs that brought out smiles and then spread out among the residents for one-on-one time.  Each child had a big piece of green construction paper with a pot of gold glued to the center.  They had crayons with which to draw a rainbow and circles of gold paper, also glue sticks.  Children and residents thought up items wished for and wrote or drew them on the circles and then pasted the circles around the pot of gold.  As they finished the children could play a card game that matched numbers or read books with the residents.  It was a lot of fun for young and old alike and showcased the students’ thinking and writing abilities.  Stewart School Principal Rhoda Harris and aides accompanied the children. 

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