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Riverview Terrace residents had a treat Friday when young students from Cedars of Lebanon School came to visit them. The kindergarten and first-grade students stole the hearts of the residents with their sweet smiles and their energetic singing voices. 
“My group of students was very excited to come for this visit,” said teacher Gina Fountain. “We have been talking about how to treat people, including the older generation, or people that are different from us.”
Most of the children have grandparents, but not all have great-grandparents to interact with. On their visit, they sang several songs, and then talked with each resident present.
“It’s good for them to interact with the elderly,” said Fountain. “They have a lot to teach us, and we want the children to be able to interact with all people.”
The teachers are planning to visit each month and do various activities each time. They are hoping to play games, do puzzles, play Bingo, and do some craft projects with the seniors. Next month’s activity will be the students showing their dance moves to the residents.
Resident Claire Ohlwiler said, “I really enjoyed the children singing, and they are so cute at that age. I feel it’s important for the young to visit us, and to let them know we’re still alive.”
Riverview Terrace activity director Linda Newman Greene and staff members planned the day, helping the residents make Valentines for the children, and preparing refreshments of cookies and punch.
“It was a wonderful day,” said Greene. “We are so thankful to have young people come to visit us, and it’s great to see how they brighten each other’s day.”