December 20, 2014

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Claggett students spend special time with county home residents

LAFAYETTE TWP. — Medina students have made wreaths and blankets for Medina County Home residents for several years, but never had the opportunity to meet the recipients of those gifts — until Thursday.

Seventeen special-needs students from Claggett Middle School spent Thursday morning playing bingo and visiting with about two dozen residents of the home.

Medina County Home resident Lynn Beth Diaz, left, and eighth-grader Wendy Floyd, 15, from Claggett Middle School, play a bingo game Thursday morning at the home in Lafayette Township. Seventeen special-needs students from the school played games and visited with residents for about an hour Thursday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Medina County Home resident Lynn Beth Diaz, left, and eighth-grader Wendy Floyd, 15, from Claggett Middle School, play a bingo game Thursday morning at the home in Lafayette Township. Seventeen special-needs students from the school played games and visited with residents for about an hour Thursday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

The kids handed out springtime candy baskets to their elders upon arriving at the home about 9:30 a.m.

“We practiced this week about what to say to people here and how to help out during some fun time,” said Deb Laneville, an intervention specialist at the middle school.

Laneville said special-needs students have made placemats, blankets and Christmas wreaths over the past three years for county home residents as part of a community service project, and Thursday was the first time students were able to visit them.

“I love playing games and seeing people,” eighth-grader Wendy Floyd said, who noted her class was excused Thursday from having to take Ohio proficiency tests.

“We don’t have to take those tests,” she added with a grin.

County home resident Laverne Nemoier, 84, was happy to have a roomful of visitors.

“I’m having a great time,” she said. “I’m a mother of five children myself, you know.”

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.