Elementary Students Perform at Assisted Living Center
By: Jim McKenzie
Our second grade choir and sixth grade narrators performed a special Veteran’s Day concert – “United We Stand” – for the residents of Sterling House in northwest Gainesville today. Under the direction of music teacher Becky Benz, the students sang a patriotic tribute to America with historical narration provided by the older elementary students. At the close of the concert, students and residents spent time together visiting and sharing.
According to assistant principal Arica Heise, who helped organize the trip, it was a great experience for students and residents alike. “It was clear that the residents enjoyed our students, and delighted in their performance,” she noted, adding, “Our students were genuinely engaged in visiting with the residents and taking time to listen to them share stories.”
The trip to Sterling House is part of a larger effort by The Rock School to help students learn to honor the older generations, and is the first of several trips planned to various facilities throughout the community. Our fifth grade students have monthly visits scheduled to The Village and several of our classes will be organizing Christmas concerts at other local assisted living centers.