Spotlight on Service: Paper Flower Wreaths for Seniors

This Spotlight on Service comes to us from Sacramento, California. A group of 60 exuberant preschoolers, ages 18 months to 6 years old, learned about our local, non-profit senior center and made beautiful paper, flower wreaths!

Addie delivering 60 paper flower wreaths to the Gilmore Senior Center. Yvonne Griffin (left) and Rebecca Todd (right). 

Addie delivering 60 paper flower wreaths to the Gilmore Senior Center. Yvonne Griffin (left) and Rebecca Todd (right). 

Madrone Montessori, a preschool in El Dorado Hills, has partnered with Little Hands Can to teach their students about a different non-profit every week. The students learn about the mission of the non-profit and how they help the community. Their lesson culminates in the students completing a project that will benefit the non-profit. It’s a wonderful partnership since one of the worthy goals of both organizations is to to raise children who have a lifelong love of serving (and being involved in) their community.

Madrone students recently learned about a non-profit senior center managed by our local community service district. The Gilmore Senior Center “is owned and maintained by El Dorado County, who collaborates with the CSD to provide recreational programming and activities for adults age 50 and up. This unique partnership serves seniors throughout the county” (http://www.eldoradohillscsd.org/parks-facilities/senior-center.html).

You may recognize the name of this facility. Addie made paper flower wreaths for them last year! Last year, Addie delivered 2 lovely flower wreaths. This year, Addie delivered 60 beautiful wreaths created by her fellow Madrone students! Just as Addie did last year, the students enjoyed learning about the Gilmore Senior Center and why it’s so special.

Using:

60 small paper plates

180 colorful pom poms

90 green leaves

540 hand-punched flowers

The students produced BEAUTIFUL pieces of art that remind us that spring showers bring May flowers!

Look at all those flower wreaths!

Look at all those flower wreaths!

You can easily do something like this in your neighborhood. This is a great project because it gives your child an opportunity to spend time with lovely individuals from an older generation. Not only will the paper flower wreaths bring a smile to their faces (the young ones and the older ones!) but the simple act of talking to each other will be priceless. Check out our previous Simple Service post to find out how; http://littlehandscan.org/serve/2016/5/4/simple-service-flower-wreaths-for-the-wise

Addie with all of her supplies. 

Addie with all of her supplies. 

Addie delivering 60 flower wreaths (2017)

Addie delivering 60 flower wreaths (2017)

Addie, the previous year, delivering 2 large flower wreaths (2016)

Addie, the previous year, delivering 2 large flower wreaths (2016)

Amazing what a difference preschoolers can make!

Amazing what a difference preschoolers can make!

Perfect placement of pom poms! 

Perfect placement of pom poms! 

Addie giving the Madrone flower wreaths to Yvonne Griffin (left) and Rebecca Todd (right). They were extremely appreciative and excited to distribute them to the senior members of their center. 

Addie giving the Madrone flower wreaths to Yvonne Griffin (left) and Rebecca Todd (right). They were extremely appreciative and excited to distribute them to the senior members of their center. 

Addie, the previous year, delivering her 2 large paper flower wreaths (2016)

Addie, the previous year, delivering her 2 large paper flower wreaths (2016)