For more than a year, Beverly Elementary School in Randolph County has been working alongside Lavender Fields Assisted Living to offer a unique experience for students and residents.
“Lavender Fields mission has always been about physical and emotional health for our elders. We knew that we wanted to bring in pet therapy; we wanted to bring in children. We needed a purpose, and we knew right away that this was going to be a beautiful program and a great relationship,” said Lavender Fields Assisted Living Administrator Judi Rose.
Lucy Godwin’s fifth-grade class spent the afternoon sharing their holiday spirit and a few Christmas tunes with residents at the assisted living facility.
Officials said the students visiting gives the residents something to look forward to and get excited about.
“When the kids came in, we realized the next day residents were getting up on their own; they were more functional; they were talking about the day before, and it just blew us away,” said Rose.
“Lavender Fields is a very fun place, and it’s very fun, and everybody is kind and loving here. They always have great things here, great things to talk about, and great people here,” said Jaylea Herron, a fifth-grade student at Beverly Elementary School.
Students handed out gifts and made gingerbread houses during their visit.
“I like coming because they make you happier, and they inspire you to do more,” said Fifth-Grade Student Jasmin Workman.
Lavender Fields hosts students each month for special activities like gift giving and reading time.