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Refugio ISD students deliver art to nursing home

Posted: 8:28 PM, Oct 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-26 21:30:43-04

Seniors at a nursing home in Refugio got a colorful surprise from local students.

Friday morning, middle and high school students delivered 52 pieces of artwork.

A project spearheaded by High School senior, William Morris, who along with his mom and dog pepper, volunteers at the Refugio Manor.

“We sit and talk to them; they like our dog and they pet her,” says RHS senior William Morris.

The center is the only nursing home left in town after Harvey.

“We have several people from both facilities here and employees,” says center administrator Nancy Foster.

Even though the center opened its doors, there was one thing missing.

“No art on the walls for patients there,” says Morris.

Morris had an idea, why not create art. He brought the idea to his art teacher Rita Ramirez, soon everyone was on board.

To make each peace personal, students spend time with the residents.

“We all interviewed residents there, we had a little questionnaire,” says Ramirez. “We tried to figure out what they liked, what they enjoy.”

The students delivered the art on Friday.

“I was very excited,” says resident Santos Cabrera. “I told the girl, that I like music and dancing.”

The center administrator Nancy Fosters says the art will not only make residents feel at home but connects them to the community.

“They’re not separated and isolated, they’re still a part of the community and the community cares about them,” says Foster.