Second graders from Dunkirk School 3 filed into St. Vincent's Home this week to bring some holiday cheer to residents with carols and gifts.
The 32 children crowded into the common room along with many residents relaxing in wingbacked chairs and on couches in the hallway. Jingle bells were heard and the children began their carols with some new Christmas songs about reindeer bells and monkey elves. When the songs turned to good old classics like "Up on the Housetop," "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman," many of the residents began to sing along.
Jodeci Clifford and Nyasia Odebralski agreed they liked singing "Jingle Bells" best.
Saint Vincent Home Christmas Caroling
After a half hour of caroling, the children ended with "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and began distributing gifts they made and brought for the residents. Children delivered "Merry Christmas" greetings and hugs with their gifts.
The 32 second graders came from Nancy Ringler's and Tammy Notarniocola's classes. Both classes were excited for the event.
"We have been practicing for three weeks," Ringler said.
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The second graders from Nancy Ringler’s and Tammy Notarnicola’s classes at Dunkirk’s School 3 caroled for the residents at St. Vincent’s Home.
She added that the classes read "Sunshine Home" by Eve Bunting in preparation for the visit.
The children made decorations and brought in gifts like puzzles for the residents. School 3's second graders have been carrying on this tradition for six years now.
"The residents enjoy it and definitely look forward to it every year," St. Vincent's Administrative Coordinator Linda Logan said.
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