May Day deliveries answer student requests to meet senior citizens

by Briana Sutherland
Contributing writer

Otesgo Elmentary students in kindergarten through second grade participated in their spring academy community outreach event on Tuesday morning.

They delivered May Day baskets, read some of their favorite stories and sang songs to residents at two Guardian Angels sites.

Tyler Weeks read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" to Evelyn Strombel.

This is the first time the Fabulous 5 academy has visited Guardian Angels.  This past fall the students and their families created art projects that were passed out to people living in the assisted living community.  Some residents wrote back to the children thanking them for their projects and that sparked some curiosity in students.

“When the kids received the letters back, they wanted to meet the people,” said first-grade teacher Marissa Tegels.

So it was arranged in the spring for the students to meet some of the recipients of their hard work.

Right away the handcrafted baskets made their way to each resident’s door with candy and handmade flowers.  Students then met with some of the residents and were able to read many stories to awaiting ears such as “Curious George,” “How Many Snails,” “Gingerbread Man,” “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” “Beautiful Bugs” and “Cross Country Cat.”

Residents were appreciative to see all the smiling faces and offered words of encouragement to the students as they read to them.

“Reading is good work, keep it up,” said resident Joani Taylor to Dustin Kisch. “Keep on reading.”

Before leaving, the students sang “You Are My Sunshine,” “This Land Is My Land” and “The More We Get Together” with sign language.