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Students gift biographies

DAVID CITY (SNR) – Seniors at Aquinas High School in David City gave the residents of St. Joseph’s Villa and Court in David City a unique gift Dec. 17 – their personal biographies.

Each year, seniors at Aquinas are matched with a resident at St. Joseph. This year, 36 students began meeting with and interviewing residents about their heritage in September.

After gathering information, they wrote a biography and met with the residents approximately three times a month to make corrections or additions.

“I enjoyed learning about my resident’s life and what it was like during her early years,” said student Jenna Eller.

Mrs. Theresa Pokorny, head of the English department at Aquinas, started this tradition 15 years ago, as part of the English IV class, to expand students’ writing experience, but also to connect with the elderly.

Student Jazzy Beringer said her classmates realize that some of the residents don’t get a lot of company, so look forward to the visits.

“They enjoy it,” she said, “so you know you are doing something good for them.”

The students’ final biographies were presented to the residents Dec. 17, just in time for Christmas. Many residents plan to give their biographies to their families at Christmas.

DAVID CITY, AQUINAS - Spencer Maguire, a senior at Aquinas High School in David City, presents Frances Kastl with her biography. The seniors of Aquinas High School met with residents of St. Joseph’s Villa and Court in David City over three months, to create biographies for them. (Courtesy photo)

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