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A Tale of Two Times

A Tale of Two Times

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

The grade 6 students from Banting and Best Public School recently visited their year-long pen-pals at Weston Terrace Senior Living Centre.  At the start of the school year, students started exchanging letters and developed a bond with the seniors living at the residence.  Students got to meet their pen-pals face to face and spend some quality time with them to get to know them better.  It was an experience that will forever stay with the students as shared by student Alina below:

This year, our class did something extraordinary which changed our whole grade 6 experience. Since December we have been corresponding with our new pen-pal friends and in June we visited them at Weston Terrace Senior Living. We exchanged letters, cards for special occasions, wrote poems and made a video for them to thank for the invitation to visit them. I looked forward to meeting our pen-pals from the day Shirley wrote her first letter to me. I always tried my best to make something beautiful for my elderly pen-pal. The night before we went to visit our pen-pals at Western Terrace I was so excited that I couldn't sleep. I stayed up picturing how my pen-pal looked and what her personality was like and, how she would like our gifts, and the music our band was going to play. We painted abstract art, inspired by Kandinsky, to brighten up their day. We also practiced four band songs and performed the national anthem in sign language. I also made a gift of my own for my pen-pal which was a small painting on a canvas. While riding the bus, I was so excited that I could hardly sit still.

Weston Terrace was a cozy little place and, when we got there our pen-pals were all sitting there and waiting for us. All the residents welcomed us with their warm smiles. The first thing we did for them was play our band songs and perform the national anthem by using sign language and singing. We gave the residents our abstract paintings that brought smiles on their faces.

After, we all went into their lobby and played mini bowling and a ping-pong game. I felt overjoyed to spend time with my pen-pal. Next, we ate lunch with our pen-pals. We talked with each other and she was so kind, gentle and an overall amazing person. Lunch was great. When we were about to leave I gave my pen-pal the gift I made on my own time and she loved it. We took pictures with our pen-pals to remember our experience. It was very hard to say goodbye because I had such a wonderful time with them. I think that this was a once in a lifetime experience and I will never forget it.

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