Amidon-Bowen Elementary School students sent notes of thanks to neighborhood elders. Courtesy of Author

By Alexis Tuttle

This year, third grade students from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School (ABES) brought some holiday cheer to some of our community seniors at Waterfront Village.  

ABES third grade teachers, Ms. Ballenger and Ms. Jayamaha, coordinated a fall thanks and appreciation celebration which culminated in a “3rd Grade Fall Party” held on Friday, Nov. 19.  Throughout the week, they guided students through mindfulness and gratitude activities to reflect on the year. 

One of these activities focused on appreciating community, neighbors, and our elders by creating thanksgiving cards to spread cheer.  ABES, in coordination with Waterfront Village, sent these thanksgiving greetings out to seniors throughout the Southwest neighborhood.  

“It was thoughtful and so much fun for everybody,” said Waterfront Village director Leonard Bechtel, who noted that it’s been a long couple of years without much-needed community spirit and outreach. “Waterfront Village members will really love it.”

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