DIGBY, N.S. – A group of 17 children from Digby Neck Consolidated School in Sandy Cove visited the Tideview Terrace residence in Digby on Dec. 20 to sing songs and share some Christmas spirit with the resident seniors.
Principal Julia Woodman said the 17 represented almost the entire school population. “We only have 22 children from Primary to Grade Six,” Woodman said. Woodman added that it was the first time the school had reached out this way to the community as part of the school’s annual Christmas celebrations.
“We normally have a movie day, but this year, I thought we need to do something more,” Woodman said.
The children said they were excited to be singing at the senior’s residence. Seven-year-old Emma is in Grade Two at the school.
“I’m so happy to be here, ‘cause I like to sing a lot,” Emma said. “I’ve never singed for a bunch of people before, well, except for at a school concert. I’m so excited.”
Ethan, eight years, is in Grade Three.
“I like to sing,” Ethan said. When asked if he had a grandparent or knew any relatives who were seniors, Ethan thought for a moment. “My dad had a really beautiful mother, but she died a while ago.”
With Woodman accompanying the them on the piano, and their senior audience all smiles, the children sang about a dozen songs, including All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.
After they took their bows and candy canes were handed around to all, another Emma, aged nine and in Grade Four, spoke about their first public singing experience.
“It was really fun,” Emma said. “I liked singing for all of the people and yes, I would do it again next year.”
Marjorie Prime, a resident of Riverside for the last six years, said she loves it when the children come to visit.
“They’re so sweet,” Prime said. “Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without them.”