A symbol of faith was a tool to bring generations together Wednesday when sixth-grade students from St. Edmond Catholic School visited the Marian Home to make rosaries with its residents.
It was a good chance for the kids "to learn intergenerational interaction," said nurse Pamela Otto. "And to share their faith."
Teacher Laura Fiorello explained why this is good work for the students.
Grace Streit, left, was happy to work Wednesday with St. Edmond sixth-graders Taryn Feser, Tayte Specht and Macy Johnson, from left, making rosaries for Catholic Schools Week.
"We're here because we want to give back, and present the works of mercy," Fiorello said. "I think the kids grow in their ability to be compassionate, and to put others before themselves."
Around 30 residents were there to meet with the roughly 56 students. Kids and adults sat down to chat as they waited for their materials.
Tai Ludwig told Dorothy Ostbloom about the spinning bumper cars at Fort Frenzy.
Ludwig helped shape a pipe cleaner into a heart, and added the beads, cross, and image of Jesus to the rosary.
"She does beautiful work. She knows what she's doing," Ostbloom said.
"The residents enjoy the children," said nurse Jody Lennon. "It reminds them of their own children, their own grandchildren."
"The kids seem to enjoy this every single time," said teacher Cheryl Bougher. "We came at Christmas and frosted sugar cookies with them. It was a hoot."
Lennon said kids from the school visit several times a year, to make things or play Bingo. Sometimes older students in the religion classes visit and do interviews.
"We came here last year," Ludwig said. "I just like interacting with the residents, and getting to know some of them."
Jack Stackhouse had a good time talking with resident Dorothy Kennedy.
"I think it helps the people here have a little more fun," Stackhouse said.
The event was part of Catholic Schools Week.
"This is the week we all celebrate the opportunity to practice our faith within the school day, and to grow in our faith," Fiorello said. "We feel very blessed we can join our education and our faith."