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Residents Share ‘Sweet Memories’ with Students

A student speaks with a resident Students ask residents about their “sweet memories” March 10 at the Summit Glen Retirement Community in Colorado Springs. The students are members of the Horizon Middle School Junior Optimist Octagon International club, which works to promote positive change in communities. JOOI club members visited with the retirement home residents, listening to their stories while sharing smiles and laughter over tea and cookies. The students will use the information they gathered to create a memory board for the residents.

“We want to keep these stories with us forever,” said Heather Ullrich, Horizon Middle School language arts teacher. As she informed the residents that they would keep the boards, gasps of excitement filled the room. “The students were really brave and really respectful. They represented Horizon Middle School well.”

“I love to talk to the kids,” said resident Wally Ritter, who came to the inaugural tea event last year, and returned this time around.

“I’m coming back and suggesting this next year,” said sixth-grader Nancy Cassidy, 12, sharing her mutual excitement.

“The residents are all smiles,” said Ullrich.
Kayla Maldonado