Third-graders help bring holiday theme to Evergreen Terrace


TREE DECORATIONS: Third-grade students from Amy Hathaway’s class at Brookside Elementary School line up and show the decorations they made for residents at Evergreen Terrace Assisted Living. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Haas)

BIG RAPIDS — Evergreen Terrace Assisted Living was buzzing with excitement Thursday as visitors came to help the residents get in the holiday spirit.


JINGLE BELLS: Students sing Christmas carols as part of treating the residents at Evergreen Terrace to some holiday cheer.

Amy Hathaway’s third-grade class from Brookside Elementary School walked over to sing Christmas carols, a few of which were accompanied by a dance or clapping.

“It was wonderful,” said Ruth Dunstone, who lives at Evergreen Terrace. “The kids were wonderful in everything they did.”

Music teacher Jeanna Lamar chaperoned the students and led them in the songs. Some of the songs were performed during Brookside’s holiday concert Tuesday night. Songs included “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Candy Cane Twist.”


BUSY MORNING: These women clap after hearing the third-grade class sing one of their songs. Before the visit from Brookside students, the Big Rapids Garden Club came to Evergreen Terrace to help build centerpieces for tables.

“They treated us for Halloween,” Hathaway said about residents at Evergreen Terrace. “We wanted to treat them for Christmas.”

When they finished caroling, students gave out decorations, Christmas trees made from construction paper for each apartment. Each tree was created from pieces of paper that were curled over and glued down to give a 3D effect.

“It was a little hard doing these. The pieces kept coming up,” said Jonathan Losinski, as he poked one place where the glue hadn’t held.

Losinski is looking forward to Christmas for a chance to see his family from Virginia. Losinski’s father is the school liaison officer from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office, who walked with the students to get them to and from school safely.


SAY CHEESE: One of the women living at Evergreen Terrace holds her Christmas decoration given to her by one of the students.

Before the students’ visit, residents at Evergreen Terrace spent some time with the Big Rapids Garden Club making holiday centerpieces for tables.


Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at

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