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McCormick Elementary Students Share Bond with Seniors

Posted on: February 26, 2019
Magnolia Visit Games

McCormick Elementary teachers Jennie Johnson and Mary McMahon teach a social skills group and decided to put the group's new skills to the test. Last week, they took their students to visit the residents of Magnolia Springs, a senior living community next to the school.

“Our visit coincided with our curriculum on teaching empathy and perspective taking. In our social skills groups, students work on how to greet a person, introduce themselves, use manners, and be good listeners,” said Mrs. McMahon.

Once assigned to a game table, our students set up the games and it was their job to explain to the residents how to play. In turn, one of the residents taught some students how to play pool.

“Our students were AMAZING! Watching them use the skills we have been working on with people they do not know was so rewarding. The kids did an awesome job of introducing themselves to the residents, and going over and talking to the adults without any prompting,” added Mrs. Johnson. “The residents told the kids they had fun and asked them to come back over again. It was truly an exhilarating experience for all of us.”