Sugar Creek students visit nursing homes

Published 10:44 am Thursday, December 18, 2008

For residents of area nursing homes, it sounded a lot like Christmas Wednesday.

Students from Sugar Creek Christian Academy visited Sunset Nursing Center, Bryant Health Center and Jo-Lin Health Center and brought holiday cheer in the form of a song.

“They love to sing and they just want to be a blessing to these folks,” explained the Rev. Michael Long, who is both school principal and pastor of Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

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And apparently they were. Betty Koukos was one of several Bryant residents who listened intently as the students, grades 4-9, sang each song.

“Tell Me The Story of Jesus,” “What Child Is This?” and “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” and she applauded enthusiastically after each number.

“I think this is very nice,” she said. “Everyone is enjoying it. I hope they come back anytime they can.”

Debbie Osborne, activities assistant for the facility, agreed.

“We appreciate this. The church groups come in and it doesn’t matter if it’s a big group or a small group, we love it. Look,” Osborne pointed out a few in the crowd, “we’ve got some singing along.”

After a concert in the activities room, the students broke into groups and took their carols into the hallways and sang for those who could not leave their rooms.

The students will have their third annual Christmas play at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the school.