Archive for Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hillside Village residents share with LTMS students

Hillside Village resident Rita Kurtz relates stories from her past to Lexington Middle School student Cheyenne England. The student was part of a project in which the school’s eighth-graders visited Hillside Village to collect histories and stories from the residents. The students will return later this month show posters they made of the stories to the residents.

Hillside Village resident Rita Kurtz relates stories from her past to Lexington Middle School student Cheyenne England. The student was part of a project in which the school’s eighth-graders visited Hillside Village to collect histories and stories from the residents. The students will return later this month show posters they made of the stories to the residents.

December 11, 2008

Eight-grade students from Lexington Trails Middle School got into the holiday spirit of giving back to their community when they visited the Hillside Village Nursing Home.

The students were from Bill Shaw’s challenge writing class. Each student was assigned a resident to interview, inquiring about that person’s family history, fond memories, work and school experiences and what they remembered about historical time periods like The Great Depression or World War II.

Each student will now compile the information into a poster and will make a return trip before winter break to present the project to the resident the student interviewed along with a picture of the student with the resident.

“Many students are also thinking about bringing them a holiday gift or card,” Shaw said. “Our students did a wonderful job of interacting with these people. They were all attentive, pleasant and caring. It was a great experience for them.”

Students felt the same way. Sophia Templin said the residents were like pop bottles ready to explode with information if someone would twist off the lid.

“Our writing class did just that,” she said.

Student Katy Sosna said the experience was like taking a ride in a time machine complete with the emotional experience Vera Bishon related as she told stories.

Jessica Knaack said she found the stories so fascinating she wanted to hear more.

Kelsey Henry felt the same way and did find a reason to make a quick return to Hillside Village.

“I loved visiting with Ida Newell. She had so much to tell. After the time I spent in the nursing home, I went back that night and helped them decorate for Christmas.”

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