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Students make art with Hickory Creek residents

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Hickory Creek residents enjoy playing bingo with students from Community Christian School and their teacher, Karie Lewis, center.
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Mission students at Community Christian School visit Hickory Creek Healthcare each week.Pictured are photos of students and residentsvisiting.

By KARIE LEWIS - For the Connersville News-Examiner

Community Christian School missions students in fifth to eighth grades go to Hickory Creek Healthcare every Tuesday and do activities with the residents as well as play bingo.

Last week, students and residents made a collective spring art piece. Everyone had a part in the activity, from making the blades of grass to butterflies and flowers. Each student and resident at the nursing home is unique, so they designed their butterflies and flowers in their favorite colors and their favorite designs.

Seventh grader Emmalee Lewis says “I like seeing the residents get happy and excited about the little things. When we are there I am happy, even playing bingo, because when the people get excited it puts me in a good mood.”

“I am paired with resident Luella Bunch. She is very special to me and I love her. She used to attend church with me and my family so I have known her my whole life. Some days she doesn’t feel like coming out to the dining room area so I will go hang out with her in her room instead and we always have a good visit.”

Paul, a resident at Hickory Creek, said, “I look forward to seeing the kids, and fellowship. I enjoy comparing the old generation with the new generation and seeing the smiling faces.”

Cassie Fitzgerald, a sixth grader, says she liked helping her person at the nursing home play bingo because the lady wasn’t able to hear the called letters and numbers clearly and appreciated the sharp 12-year-old ears. Cassie enjoyed making bookmarks with the residents also.

Brooke Lewis, a fifth grader, says, “I love to visit Miriam (my nursing home bud). We both are artists so we are a good match. She gives me hugs every time I see her. I like to color with her.”

Molly Keener, principal of Community Christian School says, “The students involved in this nursing home mission field activity are making a huge difference in the lives of these residents! Some of the student even go visit after school because they are developing such wonderful relationships with the residents.”

Since Thursday was officially the first day of spring we thought this craft activity would be fun to do with the residents at the nursing home. We will be getting this framed and then putting it in our school art auction and hopefully going to sell this piece.

Community Christian School is located at 3672 Western Ave.

The Connersville News-Examiner welcomes news and features from local schools. Send it to news@newsexaminer.com or call Bob Hansen, editor, with suggestions, 765-825-0588 ext. 235.