Bringing the Good News to Our Elderly


Written by Delaney
7th grade student
Sacred Heart Catholic School, New Smyrna Beach

Recently, Sacred Heart Catholic School participated in a service project to “proclaim” the goodness of the Lord through one another.  Our mission for this service project was to commit a corporal work of mercy and visit the imprisoned.  Many aging Floridians live in our own community and may feel their own sense of imprisonment at times.


Students from grades 5 – 8 participated in the “PROCLAIM” service project as they visited the elderly at Fairgreen Assisted Living Facility in New Smyrna Beach.  Twenty-five residents, although elderly, acted young at heart as they enjoyed the music, listened to the children sing and even danced along.  One of their favorite songs was a rendition of the Beatles classic, “Hello, Goodbye.”  They loved it so much the children sang it twice for them.  At the conclusion of the performance, the students took the time to visit with the residents while talking to them and enjoying lemonade and cookies.  

Students were accompanied by their religion teacher Maria Bilodeau and music teacher Sarah Wilson.  Several parent chaperones also attended to watch and support the students.  Principal Leigh Svajko was so pleased and thanked all the students who took part in “Proclaim” and encouraged them to continue their mission as they evangelized in their daily lives to the young and to the young at heart.