SHERBURN - It has become a tradition for young Martin County West students to visit residents at the Temperance Lake Ridge assisted-living facility in Sherburn.
"It's really a partnership between Temperance Lake and the school," said Temperance Lake director Lisa Lange. "The kids read books to the residents every Tuesday, and every year, we donate books to the elementary school."
On Thursday, the roles were reversed for a change of pace, with four of the residents coming to the school to read to the first- and second-grade classes.
Lisa Lange, far left, director of Temperance Lake Ridge assisted-living facility, helps Diane Dunker show the photos in a book being read by Joann Cowen, second from right, with assistance from Temperance Lake Ridge activities director Diane Thompson. The Temperance Lake Ridge residents visited the Martin County West elementary library Thursday and read to first- and second-grade classes. Also pictured are Judy Nelson and Elaine Dreyfal.
"Each kid in the classes got their own paperback book, and we also donated some school supplies, along with the books we donated to the library," Lange said.
Throughout the year, students share activities with residents of Temperance Lake. Along with reading, there are seasonal arts and crafts projects.
"The residents look forward to when the students come over, and they are excited about going to the school," Lange said. "This is like our thank you to them for coming over, and it's our chance to give back to the community. We feel like investing in the children is a way of investing in the future, so we love being able to give back to the school."