Photo by Alex Simmons
Chorus, band and orchestra members at Springville-Griffith Institute High School spent a morning last week bringing holiday cheer to residents of the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home with a Christmas concert of carols.

By Alex Simmons

As Christmas Day crept to less than a week away, a group of students last week decided to bring holiday joy to some people who could use it most.

On the morning of Dec. 19, those students from Springville-Griffith Institute High School made a trip to the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home to perform a concert of carols for the residents.

The concert consisted of high school chorus, band and orchestra members who performed many traditional holiday favorites, such as “Deck the Halls,” “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night.”

Each nursing home resident who attended the concert received a pamphlet with lyrics to the carols. Some sang along or tapped their foot to the beat.

Claire Mariea, a senior at SGI, said she loved hearing from the women who brought the carolers in that she hadn’t seen some of the residents out of their rooms in weeks and saw some of them were even singing along.

“I think it’s so amazing how much something that seems so simple and easy for us can completely impact others,” Claire added.

The music teachers chose only about 30 students from the high school to perform at the nursing home.

“Caroling at the nursing home was such a great way to start my last day before winter break with some of my closest friends from school,” said Abby Stressinger, also a senior at SGI.

The holiday spirit was spread to the students as well, doing something nice for others’ happiness can spread a joy felt by all.

“It’s the little things that count throughout the holiday season,” Abby added. “And sharing some Christmas spirit brought me so much happiness and I hope gave the residents some too.”

Just the smallest bit of holiday joy can bring a smile to anyone’s face.