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Pupils chatted with the residents after singing and dancing.

Pupils chatted with the residents after singing and dancing.

Pupils chatted with the residents after singing and dancing.

The children sang and dance for the residents.

The children sang and dance for the residents.

The children sang and dance for the residents.

St. Stan's Pupils Spread Holiday Cheer to Seniors

By John Durkan
iBerkshires Staff
02:36PM / Thursday, December 19, 2013
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St. Stanislaus Kostka students and third-grade teacher Ceira O'Brien perform the 'Cupid Shuffle' at the Housing Authority's Ashland Street apartments on Thursday morning.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass — Even before they performed the "Cupid Shuffle," the third- and sixth-graders from St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams won the hearts of the Housing Authority's Ashland Street residents on Thursday morning.
 
"They're so cute" and other similar statements were made as the pupils exited the school bus and approached the front entrance, donning Santa hats, elf caps and antlers.
 
After their quick round of introductions, the children, third-grade teacher Ceira O'Brien and sixth-grade teacher Jessica Jennings enthusiastically performed the "Cupid Shuffle" in the rec room.
 
Although the residents enjoyed the dance, they were reluctant to join.
 
"We get tired watching you," one of them quipped.
 
Regardless, the show went on and to the tenants' delight as the two classes sang Christmas classics such as "Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer" — with one third-grade girl sneaking in the "like George Washington" at its conclusion — and "Dashing Through the Snow," as well as religious songs.
 
"They're good, they're a lot of fun," said resident Alice Coody.
 
Afterwards, the pupils paired off with residents and talked about holiday traditions and all things to do with Christmas.
 
One resident returned the favor with a funny song
 
"You kids all did a terrific job singing to us, so I'm going to sing a song to you," Susan Wilson said prior to sharing "Randolph the Bow-Legged Cowboy," which elicited laughs from the room.
 
Principal Janet Tremblay said Housing Authority Chairman Christopher Tremblay asked her if there was anything she could do to help spread the holiday cheer to the residents. The authority sponsored the bus and pizza lunch.
 
"So hopefully we provided the entertainment and cheer," Janet Tremblay said.

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