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Vt. kids connect with seniors for Valentine's Day

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BARRE, Vt. -

Tuesday was a special day for second-grader Ben Fifield.

"My great-grandmother who lives here, my grandmother who visits my great-grandmother and my dad," Ben said.

Four generations of Fifields were united to watch Ben, along with his classmates from Barre Town School, perform an array of dances and songs for the residents at the Mayo Nursing Home in Northfield. The students practiced for months.

"They're great, they make me proud every day. Every day is an amazement with them. They are always learning something new and they are always trying their hardest," teacher Susan Pratt said.

Certainly the most unique aspect of the show was the traditional Korean dances, performed with beautiful authentic costumes and plenty of enthusiasm.

"We have had three visiting scholars from Korea, from South Korea. And the first one brought us eight costumes and I was like what are we going to do with these? So she taught us the fan dance. The next one added some more. And by the third one, we were asking for special sizes!" said Susan Barnard, a physical education teacher at Barre Town School.

The students also brought Valentines for the residents of the Mayo Nursing Home, proving that the magic of a simple conversation can be very powerful.

"We're gonna be passing out Valentines and if you want to talk to the people, because we're going to try to make friends with them. If they can't hear or they can't talk you can still talk to them and they will know you are talking to them and that you are trying to say something to them," said Clara Murray, a second-grader.

Performances and the giving of Valentines are extremely important for connecting the generations in the community at the heart.

"Always, always watch them. I love to watch 'em!" said Elsie West, a resident of the Mayo Nursing Home.

And with Valentines like these hardworking and talented students, it's hard not to feel the love.

"I thought it was wonderful," resident Bob Gefvert said.

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