Residents at Mount Carmel Nursing Home in Kearney received some added holiday cheer Thursday.
Student Council members at Bryant Elementary in Kearney surprised the residents with handmade Christmas cards as a way to help spread holiday spirit.
The fifth graders worked on the cards last week, adding messages like 'Merry Christmas' and 'Happy Holidays', as well as other personal touches.
This is the first student council group for the school.
The school feels that getting the kids involved in the community is important.
Student Council coordinator Nicole Peterson said, "One of the goals at student council is to have community involvement. And I wanted to get the kids involved in local agencies and understand what community awareness is about. So we took some canned food to the local shelter and to the food pantries and this time over the holiday season we're spreading cheer to the elderly here at Mount Carmel."
Seven fifth graders make up this semester's student council group.
The kids were happy to share the joy and to bring smiles to the faces at Mount Carmel.
Fifth grader Ian Graf said, "It felt pretty good because I liked the people smiling when they saw the cards."
And Brielle Kennan-Smolik said, "It makes me feel really good because I know that a lot of them don't get cards or gifts."
The students handed out cards to residents in the main gathering area, and also visited those in their rooms to make sure everyone received a card.
The student council group at Bryant plans to make trips like this one to nursing homes during the holiday season a yearly event.