|Residents of Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged enjoy holiday meal served by LCIS students|
|Wednesday, 16 December 2009 12:10|
NASSAU, Bahamas -- A group of students from Lyford Cay International School went to the Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged to help Goodfellows Farms, Sheila Hailey and Patricia Leonard serve the residents a delicious Christmas lunch.
Grade 9 student, Nicholas Mindorff reflected on the experience, "It was really sad to see the conditions in which they lived. There were stray dogs running around, and children throwing stones and food at them. I never really thought about how much we can learn from elderly people. All of them have lived fascinating lives, and each one has a story to tell."
He added, "But the thing that struck me was not the poverty, but the determination of these people. And they did not feel sorry for themselves, not one bit. I saw one old woman slowly making her way up the path to the area where lunch was being served. And though she was going at an agonizing slow rate, she had this feeling that she would not let anything get in her way. That, of all things, stuck in my mind. These people have virtually nothing, yet they manage to always enjoy themselves. When a small band came to play, some of the residents even got up and started to dance. And all they ever did was thank us, over and over. And I do not intend to ask my teacher for a signature on my Community Service form, because the only thing I want to keep with me for the rest of my life is the memory of that women, slowly, ponderously, making her way up that path. That will stay with me forever."
Karin Goodfellow, from Goodfellow Farms who provided the food, wanted to thank all of the students, "The LCIS students helped make the event a wonderful display of true holiday spirit, Their kindness made the day that much more special. Thank you."
LCIS Secondary School students who volunteered were: Nicolas Mindorff , Shannon DeJong, Kira Friese, Yanice Bailey, Mrs. Bailey (parent), Charlotte Frey, Mrs. Frey (parent), Emma Hall, Bruce Hall, Mrs. Rolle- (teacher), Camrawn Moxey (Grade 2), Tyler Mattio, Tatiana Mattio, Lucille Cousin, Emma Cousin, Pari Kemp, Vanessa Huber, Davon Smith.
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