2004-01-23 / Community

SFDS Students Visit Minnesota


Left to right, Rachel, Elizabeth, Mrs. Rodriguez, Mr. Woods and Miss Farragher with the residents out for a walk to the Art Institute.Left to right, Rachel, Elizabeth, Mrs. Rodriguez, Mr. Woods and Miss Farragher with the residents out for a walk to the Art Institute.

Two sixth grade students, their parents and a teacher from St. Francis de Sales recently made a trip to Minneapolis to meet and thank residents of the First Christian Residence Nursing Home who reached out to children of the school after the tragic events of September and November 2001. The residents of the nursing home sent 35 handmade dolls to the school in December of 2001. The students sent thank you notes and pictures. A friendship then developed between the two groups.

Last year, the residents sent 90 dolls to the fifth grade and the students used their own materials to dress up the dolls as a person from history or literature. The fifth graders also had a bake sale to raise money for the supplies needed by the nursing home to continue their "button baby" project. The students, now in the sixth grade, wrote essays about mak ing a difference in other people’s lives. Two SFDS students were chosen to fly to Minneapolis to meet and thank the makers of the dolls and pick up the new dolls for this year’s fifth grade.

The two students, Rachel Rodriguez and Eliz abeth Woods, read their essays at a "Make a Differ ence Day" celebration at the nursing home on October 25. The entire group was also treated to a trip to the Mall of America and given a tote bag of mementos from the trip.


Pictured are Luis Rodriguez, Rachel Rodriguez, Buddy Woods, and Miss Farragher in the activity center for the nursing home. The dolls made by the residents are on the table.Pictured are Luis Rodriguez, Rachel Rodriguez, Buddy Woods, and Miss Farragher in the activity center for the nursing home. The dolls made by the residents are on the table.Elizabeth collects the dolls from the residents who made them as part of the “Make a Difference Day” celebration.Elizabeth collects the dolls from the residents who made them as part of the “Make a Difference Day” celebration.

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