Elsberry Middle School

Members of Mrs. Turner’s class displayed their gifts for the folks at the EHCC. Back row left to right: Cole Capps, Ethan Thomas, Makayla Mandingo, Jaydon Powell, Anna Martin, Zoe Miller.  Front row left to right: Gram Edwards, Trea Wright, Sam Smith, Will Watts.

Among the many lessons learned within the walls of Elsberry’s Middle School is the fulfillment of service to fellow community members.  In the past weeks, Mrs. Rachel Turner’s sixth-grade class offered their time and energy to add some joy to the lives of the residents at the Elsberry Health Care Center.  

The kids in Turner’s class made a dozen “fleece tie” blankets for folks they didn’t even get a chance to meet face to face.  During past years, the students were able to deliver the blankets themselves under the guidance of their teacher.  However, this year’s Co-Vid threat did not permit observing the same tradition.

Instead of one-on-one encounters, the students sent letters with their blankets.  According to EHCC staff members, the letters held just as much meaning for the residents as did the handiwork the youngsters offered.

Recalling her interactions with the project, a student in Mrs.Turner’s class, Anna Martin, said that she enjoyed “that we all worked together to make people at the nursing home happy.”

This is Turner’s fourth year with Elsberry Middle School.  She began the project to especially remember folks who often don’t have visitors.  In advance of delivery, Turner typically explains to kids how to interact with the residents graciously and respectfully.  

Materials for the blanket projects are purchased through donations from organizations, Mrs.Turner’s students, and kind-hearted individuals.