WDC third-graders read to Fair Oaks Lodge residents
Third-graders from Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary treated residents at Fair Oaks Lodge to some one-on-one reading time on Wednesday.
“They’ve been practicing their reading and were very excited for this day to arrive,” said Jodee Finn, WDC third-grade teacher. “Some of the students have a connection here already with a resident or someone who works here. For a few, this is their first time here.”
Mrs. Finn is carrying on the tradition of reading to Fair Oaks Lodge residents started by now-retired elementary teacher John Keranen. Mrs. Finn said reading to residents not only boosts students’ reading confidence but it also gives them an opportunity to connect with an older generation.
Third-grader Gracie Ames said she was a little nervous before the visit to Fair Oaks Lodge. But once she met resident Maxine Bailey, who was kind and talkative to Ames, the nerves went away and she enjoyed it.
“That was awesome!” exclaimed Ames. Bailey, in turn, complimented Ames on her reading. “You did a very good job,” she told a smiling Ames.
Fair Oaks Lodge Activities Director Lisa Anderson said the residents really look forward to the children coming to read to them.
“They love it! When we let them know the kids are coming to read, they get excited. You can see it on their faces – they just light up when they see the kids,” Anderson said.