Local students create approximately 500 Valentines for senior citizens

MADE WITH LOVE — The students in Tracie Swinsinski’s kindergarten and transitional kindergarten classes at Pugliese West Elementary School have been busy creating almost 500 Valentine’s Day cards as part of the Ohio Department of Aging’s “Don’t fall for me” holiday campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to make young people aware of the dangers of falls with older people. Some of the local Valentine artists include, from left, front, Montgomery Haynes, Kylen Brown, Mila Board and Archer Conrad; back, Ryot Daimond, Ethan Ramsey, Zilyn Bell, Jazlynn Brown and Ava McAllyister. -- Amy Neeley

STEUBENVILLE — Some area senior citizens will be getting some special Valentine’s day cards this month hand-made by local students at Pugliese West Elementary School. The students in Tracie Swinsinski’s kindergarten and transitional kindergarten classes created approximately 500 cards to be given out at part of the Ohio Department of Aging’s “Don’t fall for me” campaign.

Carol Baker, the director of communications for the Area Agency on Agency, said the program was created to teach children about the dangers of falls with elderly people and to bridge the gap between the generations.

“We want to engage the children and create more of a connection between the ages,” she said. “(Children) soak up so much.”

The cards will be distributed to seniors living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Baker said the recipients are always happy to get the cards, and even those suffering from dementia know the cards are something special.

“They are really excited,” she said. “They keep the cards in their rooms for weeks. It’s a great way to honor the greatest generation.”

Baker said that Pugliese West Elementary School was the only school in Jefferson County to participate in the program this year.

The pupils were happy to take part.

“It was fun,” Kylen Brown said.

Montgomery Ayes said his card is special to him.

“My grandpa lives in a nursing home,” he said.

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