VALENTINE’S DAY: Students of Cutter Morning Star Elementary School gave up their Valentine’s Day party on Wednesday to “Share the Love” with the residents of The Atrium at Serenity Pointe.
Instead of having a party for Valentine’s Day like the rest of the students at Cutter Morning Star Elementary, fifth- and sixth-graders went to The Atrium at Serenity Pointe to “Share the Love” with the residents.
“Share the Love” is an event the students put on to share love with the senior citizens and other individuals in the community, helping them get through the year by helping
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“I am proud of our students for giving back to the community. Cutter Morning Star is blessed to have teachers that provide opportunities for our students to develop compassion and a heart to serve others. Cutter Morning Star is the small school with a big heart, and we try to live by that motto every day,” Superintendent Nancy Anderson said.
“I am so encouraged about the future of our community! Our fifth- and sixth-graders worked hard to prepare for this event and they enthusiastically engaged in providing this community service project,” Terry Lawler, K-12 principal, said.
Lawler said the students were genuinely excited about being able to do something to help others, noting one student even told her the event was better than having a Valentine’s Day party.
Jana Harrison, a fifth- and sixth-science teacher, said students and residents had different stations set up for everyone to participate. The stations included Ageless Grace, where residents and students danced while in chairs; Valentine’s Day cards, where the students made cards for the community to them know they are loved; scarves, which students and residents made; and blessed bags, which included items like toothpaste, a toothbrush and candy.
The student ambassadors spent five weeks working on the dancing, a worker at The Atrium said.
Kenzie Geurin, fifth-grade student ambassador, said while fourth-graders and under were having a Valentine’s Day party, they wanted to come to The Atrium.
“Instead of getting things, we are giving things,” Geurin said.
She said the event is important to the students and school because they can make items the homeless community may need. “Some people don’t have homes. Some people don’t have things. So, it is nice to be able to make things for them,” Geurin said.
Duncan said the event impacts the students because “Share the Love” makes them happy that they can help people in need of items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and scarves.
“They want to share more love. More love shows how great our school is,” Duncan said.
Harrison said it is an exciting feeling to see fifth- and sixth-graders wanting to give up their party to help the community and to share the love with the residents.
She said the students have a saying, “Better to give than receiving,” and school officials were proud the students take that saying to heart.
This is the district’s second year to do “Share the Love.” The blessed bags will be donated to the Jackson House, and the scarves will be given to The Caring Place.
Lawler said the event helps the community because it connects the youth of the community with older community members in an authentic way, and provides the opportunity to learn from each other.