Heights fourth-graders read their stories to seniors

Elinor Homan [left] reacts as Carly Barrington reads her story as fourth-grade students from Heights Elementary School visited The Arbors assisted living facility to read their stories to residents. (MARK R. SULLIVAN /THE COAST STAR)

SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — Spring Lake Heights fourth-graders recently took a trip to The Arbors Assisted Living Facility to share their works of realistic fiction with the senior residents there.

About 40 students from Francesca Preston, Abbey Houston and Laruen Feeley’s classes walked over to The Arbors on Thursday, Dec. 13 to read stories that they had written.

This is the second year that the fourth-grade class has participated in this program, and Ms. Preston said this has quickly emerged as a favorite day for both the students and the seniors at The Arbors.

“This is something we started doing last year,” Ms. Preston said. She said the timing works perfectly, as it’s a nice day for the holidays and also comes just as students are finishing up their realistic fiction writing unit.

“We like to try and celebrate after a unit, and the students celebrate by sharing their stories and bringing joy to seniors,” she said.

The seniors love to hear the students’ stories, and one resident told one of her students that their visit made her day and her year. Ms. Preston said she came up with the idea last year after trying to think of a way for students to share their writings but with a community outside of the school or their students’ families.

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