Johnson third graders spread holiday cheer at MorningStar Senior Living 

A girl from Johnson Elementary reads to a senior citizen, a resident of Morning Star Assisted Living Residential Home

Cheerful chatter bounced off the walls of MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care as visiting third graders from Johnson Elementary School eagerly peppered their new friends with a myriad of questions.

“What’s your favorite animal?”

“Do you have any kids?”

“Where did you grow up?” 

The third graders, more than 60 of them in all, were visiting MorningStar on a field trip organized by Johnson Elementary School teacher Becky Hunter, who wanted to give students a chance to spread holiday cheer to the seniors living there. 

A group of Johnson Elementary students reads to a senior sitting on a couch at Morning Star Residential Home.

The students filed into the building carrying baskets stuffed with picture books and homemade holiday cards. They also carried clipboards with pages full of fun “getting to know you” questions. After they started the morning by performing the songs, they split up into smaller groups and got to know the folks living at MorningStar.

“Some of them might need a friend and someone to talk to,” Rhea Gonzales said after the field trip. She said she loved learning about the people there and getting to talk to them about their lives. 

A group of boys from Johnson Elementary read to a senior citizen at Morning Star Residential  Home.


A group of Johnson Elementary students read a story to a senior couple at Morning Star Residential Home.