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Glen Urquhart School brings holiday cheer to seniors

Posted by Kaileigh Higgins  December 22, 2010 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Glen Urquhart School:

Tuesday, December 14, 29 sixth grade students from the Glen Urquhart School in Beverly Farms visited a group of senior residents at Turtle Creek Residential Community Retirement Village in Beverly, MA.

Students sang a selection of holiday favorites lead by music teacher Peter Stewart on his guitar.  Songs  included, "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "The Dreidel Song," "Feeling Groovy," and a few others. The reason for the visit was to bring warm holiday cheer to the residents of Turtle Creek.  A good time was had by all.
 
Students also recited a poem they memorized earlier in the year with Poet in Residence Penny Randolph. The poem, "Vagabond Song" highlights visions of Autumn. This poem was chosen with the thought that it would warm the residents on this cold, wintry day. Students then shared their social studies special place projects. They talked about their projects and asked the residents about any special places that they had fond memories of.
 
On reflecting on the experience, students commented that they enjoyed the visit as well as the seniors did. Also, they looked forward to going back. One student remarked that it was so good to do this type of visit because "we meet people who have done things we may never do. One person they met was once stuck on a glacier in Alaska!" Another student commented on the fact that the resident she met, "grew up in Canada speaking French." Other students met residents of Turtle Creek that had traveled all over the world. One resident is a former middle school teacher.
 
The students would like to go back in the spring for another visit. The joy the sixth graders brought to the residents of Turtle Creek was very visible.  There were smiling faces all around the room.

It is never too early to show kids that a well-rounded individual must learn humanity, caring, diversity, tolerance as well as an academic education.  The development of one attribute enhances the growth of the others. Collectively, they lead to a happy, knowledgeable, and well-rounded individual.  At Glen Urquhart students at every level participate in many community service programs throughout the year.  

The Glen Urquhart School, has been setting the standard for innovative schooling since 1977.  The school was founded by Lynne Warren in 1977 as the North Shore Middle School and was
created to provide an educational experience that goes beyond traditional schooling and aims at integration of intellectual, creative, and aesthetic learning. At Glen Urquhart they encourage children to.

Glen Urquhart School is located at 74 Hart Street, Beverly  Farms, MA 01915.

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