Children at the Family of Christ Learning Center welcomed some local seniors to their school on Wednesday, March 9.

Four women from Sunrise Senior Living came to thank the school and students for the gifts they received recently. They spent about 30 minutes talking with the children and participated in singing and dance activities.

"It's important to connect the kids with elderly people," Family of Christ Director Sue Nelson said. "It's the first time the grandmas have come to see us, and we hopefully can get this to happen on a regular basis."

The students visited the seniors on Valentine's Day and gave them hand-made bookmarks and played games with them. Nancy Lombardo, activities and volunteer coordinator, said the residents at Sunrise work with organizations such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and that they try to get their residents out into the community whenever possible.

"We've got some very active seniors," she said. "I think we made a connection here and it would be great to make this a second home for us."

One of the goals of the Family of Christ staff is to teach the students about the outside world. They are also taught sign language.

"We think an important part of development is teaching them about the different cultures of the world," Nelson said. "Learning sign language helps them succeed in other areas as well."

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