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Excursion to Southwest Senior Citizen Center
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 9:20 AM

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Room 206 went on an excursion to the Southwest Senior Citizen Center/Volunteers of America on May 21. Prior to our visit, the students wrote essays about a relationship that they have with a senior citizen. The senior center sponsors this writing contest every year. After pre-writing, writing, peer-editing and teacher-editing, students rewrote their final drafts. The essays were delivered to the center to be judged by the staff and volunteer seniors. On May 21st, we arrived for an awards ceremony. It was a lovely experience. Our students were friendly, respectful and engaging with the seniors. I was thanking the seniors for being present for our award ceremony, but many of them thanked me just for bringing the children for a visit. Honorable mentions for writing were awarded to Lilly Fish, Ella Endo, Emerson Roy, Leon Wong, Audrey Sauer, Fawzane Traore and Graham Krewinghaus.  Third place awards went to Jane Lundquist and Gabe Chang Deutsch.  Aidan Mokalla, Lillian Carlson and Ayan Badal shared second place.  First place went to Ted Lindholm and Gillian Bode.  Everyone in our class received participation certificates. Two out of three judges were there and spoke to the class about their writing. They gave all students positive feedback about their writing on little sticky notes. Several students volunteered and read their essays to an appreciative audience of seniors and staff. It is obvious that many students value their relationships with their senior citizen and have very loving connections.  Fawzane spoke quite eloquently at the end of the ceremony, when he encouraged all of us to never forget our elders and keep them in our hearts.

Mary Austin

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