十一月十一日是一個晴朗的好天氣，幼兒慈班、中二慈班、中文七、知足班和互愛班的孩子們帶著令人興奮的氣息到老人院，為老人們以及自己創造一個溫馨愉快的早晨。早上11點，由康彦雯老師帶隊在Carlmont Gardens Nursing Home外集合，聽過了負責的師兄、師姐叮嚀後，大家魚貫進入老人院。
二月十七日，正逢農曆新年期間，由凱莉老師帶領注音慈、中四、中六、善解和包容班的孩子們到Carlmont Garden Nursing Home陪老人們渡過一個歡喜的新年週末。這是一個晴朗的好天氣，不管是孩子們或是院内的老人們似乎都有一份好心情來迎接這一次的相聚。
四月十四日，正是春暖花開的季節，由曹秋蘋老師帶領中一慈班、中五慈班、中文八、中文九班、感恩班和合心班的孩子們到Carlmont Garden Nursing Home陪老人們渡過一個歡喜的復活節週末。院内工作人員整理一下交誼廳，温馨的場地讓老人們有一份好心情來迎接這一次的相聚。
孩子們準備了很多節目要與老人們一起歡渡，中一慈班的小朋友表演鋼琴獨奏，中五慈班的小朋友接著另一鋼琴獨奏後就是小提琴的表演，琴聲飛揚，讓四月的心情十分怡人。接著，「每一次都在徘徊孤單中堅強，每一次就算很受傷也不閃淚光，我知道我一直有雙隱形的翅膀 .......... 」這是中文八班的「隱形的翅膀」手語表演。
活動名稱: 2018-2019 老人院探訪
時間: 【A組】2018-11-11 上午11:00 – 11:50
【B組】2019-2-17 上午11:00 – 11:50
【C組】2019-4-14 上午11:00 – 11:50
地點: Carlmont Gardens Nursing Home
攝影、照相: 【A組】Daniel Mao, 黃郁芬
2018-2019 Senior Center Visit
Tzu Chi’s visits to the nursing homes provide a different experience than the cultural activities that are usually held during the school day. This experience of taking care of the elderly allows the students to spread love and blessings to the elders. The school hopes that students can learn to respect the elders within their own household after this experience in the nursing home.
On the bright and sunny day of November 11, the PK, the second grade, the 7th grade, Zhi-zu and Hu-Ai Classes all visited the local Carlmont Gardens Nursing Home. The children brought the elders a morning of fun and excitement with the enthusiasm they brought with them. At 11 am, the students under the lead of Ms. Wendy Kang entered the nursing home after listening to the instructions given by the volunteers.
The purpose of visiting the nursing home was to celebrate Thanksgiving. The elders gathered in small groups for group activities. First of all, the singing performance of the PK’s class was kicked off. The energetic and excited little ones helped brighten the elders’ day. All the elders also received handmade thank you notes that helped boost the holiday spirit.
Next, there were Kung fu performances. Despite the children being a little nervous, they still displayed tremendous effort. The elders were very pleased and showed their approval through their strong applause. The 7th grade Class also gave great performances. Chen Wan Yu sang a solo to start off their performance with well rehearsed lyrics and was joined by a series of soloists. The elders were very uplifted by the children’s music and showed great music appreciation. The next performance also proved to be very well thought out. The second grade Class performed sign language songs while prompting the elders to join them. The sweet voice of the children can heal the feelings of the old people alone, and it is also a kind of family fusion, so we have prepared the songs and the cards that convey love! Finally, the poetry reading of the Hu-Ai Class was the end of this visit. Their voices helped provide comfort to the elderly who are able to enjoy the happiness of being with family. Tzu Chi hoped that the visit helped taught the children how to be thankful for those around them, while spreading love to the local community.
On February 17, right before the festivities of the New Year’s Celebration, Ms. Kelly brought kindergarten, fourth and sixth grade, Shan Jie and Bao Rong class to the nearby Carlmont Garden Nursing Home. The children helped bring the holiday spirit to the elders at the nursing home. On this bright and sunny day, both the students and the elders were equally excited for this get together.
As a way of celebrating the new year, the children prepared performances for the elderly. William Tseng started off the performances with a prologue. The Shan Jie and Bao Rong class along with their teacher gave an admirable performance using sign language. The sign language performance touched the hearts of the elderly and the room was filled with the warmth of the elders’ smiles. Colby Manrao was the next one in the line of performances. The piano performance given was met with loud applause. A series of piano performances by Ashlyn Wong、Lillian Huang、Conrad Chen and Joshua Kuo ended up being the elders’ own little piano recital.
The music doesn’t just stop there. The sixth grader Clara impressed the teachers with the soothing music from clarinets. Two seventh graders, Wilona Chen and Avelyn Liang made a duet with the combination of singing with a piano accompaniment. Anson Yu, Katy Yu and Austin Fang also played their best piano pieces for the elders.The individual performances given by the students of Tzu Chi soothed the loneliness of the elders at the nursing home. The students personally gave each elder roses and a red envelope to uphold the New Year’s tradition. Each elder also received a hug from a student showing Tzu Chi’s emphasis on love and compassion. The concluding finale for the performances was yet another sign language performance by the sixth graders. The New Year’s celebration was a great success in spreading joy and happiness, while spreading the Chinese culture.
On April 14th, the beginning of spring, teacher Chiou-Ping Yuanbrought the students from first, fifth, eighth, and ninth grade to the local Carlmont Garden Nursing Home. Students helped keep the elderly company over the Easter weekend. The nursing home created a welcoming environment for the visiting students, and the elderly were also in a festive mood.
The children prepared many programs to show the elderly at the nursing home. The first graders played a piano solo for their performance. The fifth graders followed with another piano solo, but a violin one as well. The sound of the violin carried a soft melody that uplifted the spirits of everyone in the room. "Every time I am strong in my loneliness, every time I am hurt, I don’t have any tears. I know that I have always had invisible wings.........." This came from the touching sign language performance of the eighth graders.
The following performances showed the enthusiasm the children had for performing to the elderly and their teachers. Some played the piano, and some played the trumpet. “Is good fortune with me? Why can’t I see it? Is good fortune with you? Can I see its face?” The final sign language performance to conclude the last nursing home visit was known as “The face of good fortune.” Teacher Angela Leeat the end had the students gift origami to the elderly in conclusion of the event.
Event: 2018-2019 Senior Center Visit
Time: 【Group A】2018-11-11 at 11:00am -11:50am
【Group B】2019-2-17 at 11:00am -11:50am
【Group C】2019-4-14 at 11:00am -11:50am
Location: Carlmont Gardens Nursing Home
Photos: 【Group A】Daniel Mao, Susan Huang
【Group B】Luke Cheng
【Group C】Dolly Su, Angela Lee
Article: Julia Cheng
Translator: Valerie Kuo, Jessica Lee