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Holiday spirit across generations: Local elementary school and nursing home partner for holiday reading

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Published: Dec. 22, 2021 at 7:02 PM EST
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(WBNG) - The holiday season was in full swing at Port Dickinson Elementary School Wednesday morning as Saint Louise Manor Resident, Anna Fulk, read aloud the holiday classic, The Polar Express.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or an adult, being read to makes you feel happy inside,” said Principal Mary Beth Hammond.

The Kindergarten students listened and watched the recorded video and got to share their favorite parts.

“My favorite part about The Polar Express was the train part,” said Lilliana Crandall.

“I thought it was awesome,” said Aria Williams, “I liked it because her voice was just so beautiful to me.”

Hammond said their school has established a meaningful relationship with Saint Louise Manor.

“We have kids with huge hearts who love to make other people happy,” said Hammond, “So not only at the holiday time but at other times during the year, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and in the summertime, we make pictures and cards for all of those resident’s there.”

The holiday season was in full swing at Port Dickinson Elementary school as Saint Louise Manor...
The holiday season was in full swing at Port Dickinson Elementary school as Saint Louise Manor resident - Anna Fulk - read aloud the holiday classic - The Polar Express(WBNG)

“I love reading, especially to children,” said Fulton, “I love how interactive they are when you read to them, the excitement in their eyes as the story unfolds.”

Both students and adults agree it started their holiday break on one note.

“Extra happiness,” said Emma Billingiere

“It showed the love in their hearts,” said Leighton Barrett.

“It’s one generation to another generation,” said Hammond, “And it’s really what life is all about.”

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