Ohatchee students spread Christmas cheer
by Paige Rentz
A group of Ohatchee High School students took their Saturday morning to bring Christmas cheer to residents of local assisted living facility Ladiga Manor.

Ohatchee’s Future Business Leaders of America and Future Career Community Leaders of America made the visit as part of their 2012-2013 community service project.

Students made 38 burlap Christmas door decorations to hang on each resident’s door, made Christmas cards, and provided a craft activity. Over the course of the morning, they went door-to-door, meeting each resident and singing Christmas carols. Twenty of the residents participated in the craft activity, with each student helping the residents make a Christmas tree from scrapbook paper. According to FBLA officers Jaylaan Parker and Kaelin Cobb, The students had a blast volunteering their time and will be returning in January to paint residents’ fingernails.

Tabetha Borrell, office manager for Ladiga Manor, said the residents enjoy such visits.

Borrell said the facility doesn’t get many teenagers donating time at the facility, with the bulk of their volunteers being older adults.

Borrell was impressed with how well the students worked with the residents, noting how much patience they had during the arts and crafts activity. Such interaction, she said, is good for residents, keeping their minds active and motor skills sharp, she said.

“If you get a 14-, 15-, 16-year-old out of bed on a Saturday morning to be at the facility at 8 a.m.,” she said, “that is just wonderful.”
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