GCA students give mini trees at center
Residents at Tonganoxie Nursing Center were waiting for their pen pals at Genesis Christian Academy to visit them on Dec. 2.
Residents pair up with GCA second-graders each year and then get to meet them face to face. Students performed Christmas music as well, but brought something else the residents weren’t expecting — a pint-sized Christmas decoration.
Students brought a miniature Christmas tree for each of the residents. They handed out trees a day before at Vintage Park, an assisted living community in Tonganoxie, as well.
Nursing center resident Carolyn Oelschlaeger said residents were happy to see their pen pals, but didn’t realize they would be bringing trees also.
“They were just perfect,” fellow resident Beverly Gibler said.
Another resident, Fannie Botts, concurred.
“Well, I thought they were very nice,” she said. “It looks like they did a lot of work on them.”
GCA provided miniature trees for all 131 of its students to decorate for Vintage Park and Tonganoxie Nursing Center residents.
Mrs. Berry’s third-grade class members also helped hand out trees.
It was a day second-graders eagerly were anticipating, their teacher, Kathy Link, told nursing center residents.
“I had to Velcro a couple students into their seats because they are so excited to meet their pen pals,” Link said.
After singing to their pen pals in the center’s dining hall, students met their pen pals and gave them their trees.
One student asked his pen pal “How’s your day been?” and then informed his pen pal that he had a big night the previous day playing video games.
Link said every student at Genesis Christian Academy was given a tree to decorate, with most students returning their trees to school so they could be given at Vintage Park and Tonganoxie Nursing Center. She said 123 trees were handed out.