A Thanksgiving thank you

Tuesday is always a very nice day at the Knickerbocker Senior Center. Children from Normandy Elementary School trudge through snow, rain, hail and sometimes sunshine several blocks to the senior center. The seniors and the children get along well as they work on crafts and play games such as bingo, cards and putting puzzles together. The teacher who escorts them and supplies the crafts and games is the very energetic and thoughtful Mrs. Nicole Barrick.

Mrs. Barrick has a background in music. She enjoys working with elementary school students. She is always making sure the elders and youngsters are on the same page and having lots of fun. The seniors seem to have a nice, calming effect on the kids. Of course, the long cold walk helps to reduce some of their natural energy.

Ten to 15 students sit with the seniors at various tables. The sound of laughter rings through the room. Mrs. Barrick keeps an eye on everyone, with helpful ideas and suggestions. The children do most of the cleanup. After all, they are much more agile than the elderly folks.

Thanks, Teach, for bringing the students to the center. Visiting with the children is a nice break in the routine lives of the senior citizens. Happy Thanksgiving to all the teachers, staff and students at Normandy School.

Bruce Leigh

Bay Village

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.26.2013