Stu­dents spend time with the el­derly

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­port

East Goshen Ele­men­tary School fifth graders vis­ited res­i­dents of the Belling­ham Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity in West Ch­ester af­ter school last week as part of a com­mu­nity ser­vice project.

Over the course of two hours, the stu­dents played cards and ta­ble games with the res­i­dents, lis­tened to and told sto­ries, and made new friends.

“The visit from East Goshen Ele­men­tary School was won­der­ful,” said Paige Ja­cobs, direc­tor of res­i­dent pro­grams at Belling­ham. “Some of our res­i­dents don’t have fam­ily close by – or even any fam­ily at all. They rem­i­nisce about rais­ing their chil­dren and play­ing with young grand­chil­dren. Ex­pe­ri­ences like this help keep them ac­tive and en­gaged.”

The ser­vice project was co­or­di­nated by East Goshen Ele­men­tary School staff and the school’s Par­ent-Teacher Or­ga­ni­za­tion. Teach­ers, par­ents, sib­lings, and the school’s prin­ci­pal joined the fifth graders at Belling­ham.

“I would love to have the chil­dren from East Goshen Ele­men­tary School back to Belling­ham,” added Ja­cobs. “It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one.” To con­tact the Daily Lo­cal News, email news@dailylocal. com or mes­sage us on Face­book and Twit­ter: www. face­book.com/dai­ly­lo­cal­news, www.twit­ter.com/wc­dai­ly­lo­cal.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS — WEST CH­ESTER AREA SCHOOL DIS­TRICT

Fifth-grade stu­dents from the East Goshen Ele­men­tary School vis­ited res­i­dents at the Belling­ham Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity last week.

Stu­dents played games and shared sto­ries with the re­tire­ment com­mu­nity’s res­i­dents.

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