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Moore Elementary students create special gifts for Somerby Franklin residents

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In celebration of National Assisted Living Week, students at Moore Elementary School honored residents of Somerby Franklin Senior Living Community in a socially distanced way. 

In the past, students have invited the residents to watch a performance at the school, however, this year was different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because the students could not personally enter the assisted living center, Amber Anderson, a second-grade teacher at Moore, worked with administration, teachers and students to create special gifts for residents. 

“The purpose of the letters, art, posters and video is to add a bit of cheer into the residents’ hallways, rooms and hearts,” Anderson said. “Every teacher I spoke with who participated all told me the same thing: their kids loved doing this. The students 

On Tuesday, Linda Hart, lifestyle coordinator at Somerby Franklin, and her staff presented all the gifts to residents living in the memory care and assisted living part of the senior community. 

Tonya Thomas, lifestyle assistant, read a book written by students last spring who never had a chance to present to the residents due to the school closing. 

The book, entitled “The Adventures of Wooly Bob,” is based on a fictional character made up by the students. The residents laughed and enjoyed the story of Wooly Bob and his many adventures.

Balloons, posters, cards, letters and art were on display throughout the facility, uplifting the residents. 

“It’s beautiful and so sweet,” one resident said. “This makes my day worthwhile.”  

Somerby Franklin is a special community serving seniors in independent, assisted and memory care living. To learn more, visit

National Assisted Living Week is organized by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living. 

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