Orchestra teacher Dana Newton began the tradition her first year of teaching. She took a group of students to perform at a similar facility where her grandmother was living. The residents and the student-performers enjoyed the event so much that Newton decided to make it an annual event. This year’s performance was particularly poignant as her grandmother had passed away earlier that week.
The students performed three pieces: “Wild Western Frontier,” “Moonlight Tango,” and “Cripple Creek.”
McCleskey NJHS members brought Valentine’s candy, cards and homemade cupcakes for the residents.
The residents had brought pictures of their weddings which were displayed for all to enjoy.
“It was really fun and heartwarming. We were able to connect and hear their life stories. I especially enjoyed talking with Miss Nancy who has just moved here and learning about her grandchildren,” said student Ammu Kumar.
Stephanie Nguyen agreed. “It was a really touching experience. One lady’s family also came to the event, and her face just lit up when she saw them, especially the baby.”