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Kids visit nursing home in Lee to lift residents spirits

Sometimes it just takes a visit to lift our spirits when we need it the most.
Sometimes it just takes a visit to lift our spirits when we need it the most.
Sometimes it just takes a visit to lift our spirits when we need it the most.(WABI)
Published: Jan. 19, 2021 at 7:14 PM EST
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LEE, Maine (WABI) - Students in Lee got to play in the snow Tuesday, which is pretty typical for kids during the winter.

But, it was where they played that was pretty special.

“A friend posted on Facebook if you have a small child to please take them to a nursing home and build a snowman, and I thought, we’ve got lots of small children, and I mentioned it to our first grade teacher and she ran with it,” said Ann Forsing, a music teacher at the school.

First graders from Lee/Winn Elementary went to Care Ridge Nursing Home to play outside.

The residents there were able to watch them build snowmen, make snow angels, and just be kids for a couple of hours.

They were able to watch and wave from the windows.

This was the first field trip of the year for the children, one teachers hope made an impact on both their students and the residents.

“It’s a blessing. They really enjoyed it. It’s been months and months since they’ve seen family and to see the little kids out here playing today definitely made their day,” said Christy Grant, a CRNA/CNA for Care Ridge.

“Because they don’t see many kids often, and they like kids and with COVID, they don’t get to get around very much.” said Lainey Smith, who is in first grade.

Smith said made her happy to make the residents happy. She encouraged other kids to the same.

‘You should go to your own nursing home and do this, too, to make the residents happy because you know making snowmen is pretty easy.”

The teachers said this was a great way to give back and show the kids how much of an impact they can make on others in the community.

“And, just know that being little brings joy,” said Forsing.

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