Liberty Partnership Programs Spreads Holiday Cheer

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Students at Edmund W. Miles Middle School are looking to spread some Christmas cheer. Members of the Liberty Partnerships Program, an afterschool group funded through a grant from SUNY Farmingdale, recently made Christmas cards for residents of Broadlawn Manor.

The students visit the Broadlawn Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Amityville once a month to play bingo with the residents. For their Dec. 16 visit, the students will hand out Christmas cards and sing holiday songs. They made the cards using blue pieces of construction paper, the fronts of old Christmas cards and printed holiday greetings, along with scissors, glue and markers.

“We’ll bring some holiday cheer,” said Bea Polaski, the district coordinator of the Liberty Partnership Program, citing the group’s annual tradition. “The students really look forward to connecting with the residents.”

In October, the students and Broadlawn Manor residents went to White Post Farm to go pumpkin picking. In the spring, they will go to the mall together for a shopping trip.

Eighth-grader Jasmine Nunez said she looks forward to visiting Broadlawn Manor each month and enjoys getting to know the seniors. “I love to spend time with the residents,” she said. “The thing that makes me happy is seeing them smile.”