Athens Review, Athens, Texas

December 18, 2013

A warm Christmas

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — Park Highland Nursing Center residents' feet won't get cold this winter thanks to students from the Life Skills Class at Athens High School.

A group of Athens Life Skills students may have made some long term friends with the caring adults at Park Highland Nursing Center Tuesday. The group passed out over 164 pairs of socks to the nursing center residents.

In addition to the sock delivery, the group sang some Christmas carols.  

After some technical difficulty, the performance began with a rendition of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming To Town.

The students, who were excited to sing, received a large round of applause from their audience.

Athens Life Skills Instructor Brad Adair brought the 13 students to the nursing center for the performance and delivered the socks to the residents as Christmas presents.  

“It's important these students understand the importance of giving back,” Adair said.

He said the Athens community gives so much to the  students, it's important they give back to their community.

Adair said this is their first year to collect socks for the residents at the nursing center.

He said he hopes the program becomes a yearly tradition and grows each year. The students collected the socks from their families, as well as, the community donating to their cause.

Each student delivered socks to some residents in wheelchairs and residents in the television room.

There were hand shakes and hugs between students and residents. as they created a noticeable bond.