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.
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.