Published December 20, 2012
Students of St. John Neumann Regional School, Lilburn, throughout the school year are involved in community service projects.
Thanksgiving and Christmas time bring a longstanding tradition for St. John Neumann School families as each grade of the school adopts a family-in-need through the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Students and parents shop for food and other special items the family may need as well.
Second-grade students make frequent visits to Sunrise Assisted Living. The students often deliver little gifts that they have made for the senior residents, and they spend time together reading and singing songs. This month, a few residents visited the school to read Christmas stories and share cookies with the second-grade classes.
For 20 years, first-graders have visited the residents of Life Care of Gwinnett Nursing Home in Lilburn. Their parents commit to drive the students and bake cookies for the monthly visits. During their visits, the students play bingo and sing songs with the residents. Although the first visit can be a little intimidating, the children quickly warm up and look forward to their trips, and the residents enjoy spending time with the children. The last visit of each school year ends with an “Ice Cream Social … B-I-N-G-O Bash.” Some of the children continue to visit the residents with their own families after the school year.