Seniors serenaded by students for Valentine’s Day

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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Seniors at Casa de Santa Fe were serenaded by second-graders as a Valentine’s Day treat Tuesday. Twin Oaks Elementary second-graders made the walk to the senior living center to sing love songs and hand out hand-made bookmarks to the residents, as part of a 10-year tradition. “We’re part of your community and you’re part of our community,” second-grade teacher Lili Newman told the group. “I love the idea of the connection between grandpas and grandmas and the kids in the neighborhood; making that connection between them.” Newman’s class, as well as the two other second-grade classes taught by Rose Scheitlin and Becky Sanders, have been visiting the center around Valentine’s Day since Casa de Santa Fe first opened, Newman said. While the students sang, the seniors swayed and clapped as they listened to songs such as “You are my sunshine,” “Skidamarink,” “My Favorite Things” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” For second-grader Josh Berwick, he said his favorite part of the visit was singing “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” preformed with hand motions. Berwick said it took a few weeks for them to learn the 10 songs they sang. As a finale, students showed off their sign language skills by signing the first letter of each state while singing about each of the 50 states. Casa de Santa Fe director of activities Tammie Medlin called the students “our special Valentine’s group” and said it was nice for the seniors to have visitors after the holidays calm down. Approximately 35 seniors enjoyed the visit, Medlin said, and also received handmade bookmarks from the second-graders. Liz Cole, a Casa de Santa Fe resident, said it’s always nice to see the kids stop by and enjoyed the show Tuesday morning. “I think it was very well done,” she said. “They sang very well.” For the kids, Newman said they like the audience reaction. “I think they love the smiles and applauds,” Newman said. Lauren Gibbs can be reached at