Students grow plants for the elderly

Students of Amanda Ebenal's second grade class at Sandy Hook Elementary School hold plants they raised to give to the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, which will give the plants to recipients of the Meals on Wheels program in Strasburg. Shown here are, top row, from left, teacher Amanda Ebenal, Joseph Carroll, Aiden Adkins, Zeke Plauger, Hadley Witherow, Brayden Hough and . Sammie Combs. Front row, from left, Luci Toman, Jacklyn Joyce, Jacob Stickley, Lily Braithwaite, Peyton Scholtz, and Thomas Stieringer. Kaley Toy/Daily

STRASBURG – Students in Amanda Ebenal’s second grade class at Sandy Hook Elementary School presented plants to the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging to give to the elderly as part of the Meals on Wheels program.

Ebenal’s class has participated in various kindness projects throughout the year to help the community.

She asked her class, “Why would we want to be kind?”

The students replied, “To make other people feel good,” and, “To treat others the way you want to be treated.”

Students planted seeds, built a mini greenhouse, decorated their pots and cared for their plants until it was time to pass them along to SAAA to give as gifts to the Meals on Wheels recipients in Strasburg.

Cindy Palmer, SAAA deputy director, described to students what she does on a daily basis to help the homebound in the area.

“Grandparents sometimes cannot cook their own meals. As we get older, there are some things that we can no longer do, and in order to help keep that grandma or granddaddy in their homes, we provide new meals to them,” she explained.

Meals on Wheels serves those aged 60 and older who are no longer working. The program serves 300 people daily in Winchester and Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren, Clarke and Page counties.

“Sometimes we’re the only people that these grandmas and granddaddies see,” she said.

“I’m sure your flowers today are going to brighten their day,” she added.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com