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Visit from seniors teaches good citizenship
Dec. 1, 2014

Herkimer BOCES students with a Mohawk Homestead resident
From left to right, Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES special programs students Desiray Thayer and Hailey Flike pose for a photo with Mohawk Homestead resident Kathy Hugick after finishing making a holiday centerpiece together. Mohawk Homestead residents visited Herkimer BOCES special education teacher Roseann Norod’s class on Thursday, Nov. 20.


HERKIMER – Mohawk Homestead residents recently visited with Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES special programs students for a morning designed to help the students learn about community service, caring and good citizenship.

The get-together at special education teacher Roseann Norod’s class took place on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Herkimer BOCES. The students and their guests enjoyed some snacks before making holiday centerpieces with plates, greenery, an electronic candle, berry decorations, cinnamon sticks and other items.

The activity was about having fun and encouraged students to practice being supportive, assist others and be good team members – something the class started earlier in the year with a Halloween party with younger students, Norod said.

Both the students and Mohawk Homestead residents said they enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to interact with each other.

“This ‘celebration of sharing’ gives the students a chance to socialize and to gain confidence in their abilities,” Norod said. “It also creates an excitement for learning about caring and citizenship that exceeds what can be done in the classroom.”

Student Desiray Thayer was enthusiastic with her efforts to help the residents – warning them not to eat the round, red-and-white decorations because they’re not candy, asking one resident who had trouble seeing if she wanted to feel a red flower, asking them if they wanted any cinnamon sticks for the centerpieces and assisting them with putting the centerpieces together.

Desiray said she enjoys helping others, and the activity has been “perfect.”

“Good, happy, excited,” Desiray said, of how she felt about the day.

Student Hailey Flike said she was a little bit nervous during the visit but that it was fun and the class should do it again. Student Amber Stevens said she had fun doing holiday crafts, and she enjoys holiday activities.

“I like Christmas, Thanksgiving – that’s coming up,” Amber said.

Mohawk Homestead resident Kathy Hugick said the activity was “great.”

“I think it’s wonderful,” she said. “I love children.”

Hugick enjoys being around children in her family and visiting with the Herkimer BOCES students, she said.

“I love kids,” she said. “Kids and dogs – that’s my favorite.”

Near the end of the activity, Hugick sat and looked at what she said were “beautiful” centerpieces made by all the students and residents.

“I’m so glad we came here,” she said.



A holiday activity with Mohawk Homestead residents and BOCES special programs students
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES special programs students and Mohawk Homestead residents gather on Thursday, Nov. 20, for snacks and arts and crafts in teacher Roseann Norod’s class. The activity helped the students learn about helping others and being good citizens.


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