BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The sixth grade executive council of the Hillside Intermediate School Roots & Shoots program has not let quarantine stop them from giving back to the Chelsea Assisted Living.
According to Hillside teacher Katrina Macht, the council has been partnering with Chelsea Assisted Living for the past several years, visiting at least once a month to play Bingo, perform and socialize with residents. That changed this year, she said, when the district moved to distance learning after March 12.
"We had, in fact, been scheduled for a Bingo night that last day of school, but Chelsea canceled earlier in the week because of the governor's executive order barring visits to long term care facilities," she said.
But the quarantine has not stopped the students from showing their support. Throughout the last three months, they sent cards and letters, decorated the sidewalks around the building with chalk messages of encouragement and created a video message.
Their final work for the assisted living was to film a "Dear Friends of Chelsea Spoken Word" performance.
Check out the video above of the spoken word performance.