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Students spread cheer at nursing home
Fourth-grade Haley Stephens and teacher Pam Hall hold the Thanksgiving cards Halls class made for residents of Coastal Manor Nursing Home. Haley, who is in Halls class, distributed the - photo by Photo provided.

Students in Nicole Carter’s fourth-grade class at Waldo Pafford Elementary School created cards to distribute to the residents of Coastal Manor Nursing Home for Thanksgiving. 
Haley Stephens, a student in Carter’s class, helped deliver the cards to some of the residents. 
“I loved seeing the look on their faces when they received the card. They were so happy,” Haley said.
Students created more than 100 cards to demonstrate their commitment to the community. Students in Carter’s class complete public service projects at least twice a year. After a guidance lesson on caring, which was taught by school counselor Chandra Austin, the students voted to make cards for the residents of the nursing home. 
Pam Hall, director of Coastal Manor, was pleased with the cards.
“The residence love visits from children,” she said. “I wish that more schools would bring students out to visit. So many children are afraid of elderly people, but the residents just want someone to talk to.”  
For Christmas, students will donate coloring books, crayons and stuffed animals to a pediatric cancer unit.

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