Pre-K Students Deliver Hugs, Smiles and Cards


Children from the New Discoveries Learning Center at Upstate Cerebral Palsy are spreading the love today at a nursing home in Rome. 

Valentine’s Day is often forgotten about for our seniors in assisted living so a group of pre-k students delivered some love on this holiday to brighten their day.

The pre-k class at Upstate Cerebral Palsy are learning their developmental skills and how important caring is.  Over 160 handmade Valentine’s Day cards were made for the residents at the Grand Rehab and Nursing Home in Rome.  Two students aged 3 and 4 handed the cards out with smiles and hugs.

Their teacher Rhonda Noftsier says inter generational activities between these two age groups are beneficial for both of them.

“They love to be creative, they love using stickers they love using stampers they love  to paint and they love to create so making the cards has been a wonderful activity for them and many of our students have developmental disabilities so this is a way that we can interact with them we can get them to talk and use their fine motor skills their gross motor skills so all and all inclusively it helps their overall development.”

Noftsier says it’s important to teach the children to care for members in the community and they also deliver Christmas cards during the holiday season.

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