After numerous lunchtime practices and one after-school rehearsal, members of the Chautauqua Lake Central School Spanish and French Clubs sang for the residents of the Emeritus Assisted Living Facility in Lakewood in December.
Seventeen dedicated club members learned holiday songs in seven foreign languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish and Yiddish. Individual student members gave an introduction and explanation of each song. In addition, students sang familiar songs in English with the residents. Junior Mariana Mathewson provided piano accompaniment for the singers, and classmate Emilie Christie sang a solo, Ave Maria. After the program and visits, students were treated to homemade cookies and punch.
The activities director stated that while many groups come with musical programs, the Chautauqua Lake group is the only one that sings in other languages.
Members of the Chautauqua Lake Central School French and Spanish Clubs sang in eight languages for residents of the Emeritus Assisted Living Facility in Lakewood. From left are Abby Whipple, Abigayl Novak, Angelique Schalk-Ruff, Chloe Kilmartin, Sam Robbins and Anna Gerber. Their teachers are Karen Walsh, Craig Hindman and Maria Lombardo.
The club members made the arrangements to sing and visit with residents and later dine at the Taco Hut in Jamestown. Teachers Senorita Karen Walsh, Senor Craig Hindman and Maria Lombardo were proud of the students and the manner in which they interacted with the residents.
For the past several years, this intergenerational activity has been one of the highlights of the school year and a welcome opportunity to meet and visit with senior residents of local care facilities. Adviser Walsh explained, "Of all the projects the students do in the French and Spanish Clubs, this is their favorite because it involves making connections with people."