Vegreville Homestead Lodge enjoys some visitors

A.L Horton Gr. 3 and 4 bilingual class and Gr. 4 music class sit just before performing for the residents at the Homestead Lodge Friday afternoon.

Many residents at the Homestead Lodge sit and watch eagerly as the Gr. 3 and 4 bilingual class sing Ukrainian carols on Friday.

Friday afternoon, students of the Gr. 4 music class play hand chimes for the residents of the Homestead Lodge.

Friday afternoon, students of the Gr. 4 music class play hand chimes for the residents of the Homestead Lodge.

On Friday January 22 Grade 3 and 4 students from A.L Horton visited the Vegreville Senior’s Homestead Lodge to mingle and show off their musical talents.

The event was organized by Activities Coordinator Henriette Ouellette, who said this particular event was planned for earlier in the month, but it was postponed due to the quarantine.

The Grade 3 and 4 bilingual class, along with the Grade 4 music class walked over from A.L Horton School to sing for the seniors.

“We try and get them a couple times a year,” said Ouellette. “It is nice to get the seniors and kids together to socialize.”

The Grade 3 and 4 bilingual class sang quite a few Ukrainian carols and encouraged the seniors in attendance to sing along…to which they did!

The Grade 4 music class has been learning to play hand instruments, so they decided to show off their new music skills to the residents.

The Grade 3 and 4 bilingual class last visited the Homestead Lodge around Halloween. During that performance they dressed in costumes and sang Halloween songs for the seniors.

Mrs. Bomback, who teaches the Grade 3 and 4 bilingual class explained that she asked her kids after that last performance  (at Halloween)if they had fun and they said they really enjoyed it. They wanted to come again.

“The kids enjoy meeting and visiting the seniors,” said Bomback.

Following the performances the kids and seniors mingled, the seniors thanked the kids and the kids went around shaking their hands.

“This is what it is all about, seeing young and old together” said Ouellette after the performance. “They are all smiling.”

It was obvious the residents enjoyed themselves.

Elva Gellespie, who has only been at the lodge since early December said, “I loved it. They can come again anytime.”

Victoria Weremey had a similar reaction. “It was very, very good. They were all excellent”.

It was a heart-warming event for both the students and the residents of the Homestead Lodge and I’m sure they will all get together again soon for another event.

A.L Horton Gr. 3 and 4 bilingual class and Gr. 4 music class sit just before performing for the residents at the Homestead Lodge Friday afternoon.

Many residents at the Homestead Lodge sit and watch eagerly as the Gr. 3 and 4 bilingual class sing Ukrainian carols on Friday.

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