Students making a holiday ornament.

Black Mountain Elementary School (BME) came together this Holiday season to give back to the community that does so much for them. As part of the service learning project, students made ornaments and cards for residents at Mountain Ridge Wellness Center. It was a simple gesture that is sure to brighten anyone’s day. 

“It’s an act of love and kindness to do something special for the elderly in our community,” said Exceptional Children Intensive Intervention teacher Ann Bell. “The holidays are a hard time for the nursing home residents to be away from family.”

Ms. Bell said she hopes this project shows the students that they are never too young to help others. As for Ms. Bell, this project is very near and dear to her. 

“My mother is currently in care at this facility, and her roommate is the mother of my next door neighbor at school - Ruth Shiver,” Ms. Bell explained. “Last year was the first time we did this project, and I saw then how much it meant to others there. It warms my heart to know that my mom will see ornaments hanging on trees in the building that my school made.”

Safeway Storage in Black Mountain donated money to purchase the supplies for the ornaments. BME was able to donate 125 ornaments along with several handwritten cards from students. 

Students making holiday ornaments.