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Students carol at Autumn Care

A group of Elephant’s Fork Elementary School students graced residents at the Autumn Care nursing home with Christmas carols on Saturday morning.

The students performed “Must Be Santa” and other favorites for a room of several dozen elderly residents of the facility. Doughnuts were served after the performance.

The students, who were directed by Michael Parham, are part of the Communities in Schools program at Elephant’s Fork. Iris Mathis-Spellman, site coordinator for the program, said the program helped teach the students to give back.

“They need to be able to give back to the community,” she said. “Everybody needs love. Just teaching them to be able to give back is so important.”

Jayoni Lewis said her favorite Christmas carol was one about snow.

“It reminds me of the snow that comes down on Christmas Eve,” she said, perhaps hoping Santa would hear her wish for this year’s weather.

She also said she enjoyed singing for her audience on Saturday morning.

“Song expresses my heart for old people,” she said. “It’s happier for Christmas.”

Students who participated included Omari Lewis, DaMai Stephens-Smith, DaMaya Stephens-Smith, Marcus Morrow, Taylor Branch, Jayoni Lewis, Madison Pursell, James Lewis, Mar’kasia Morrow, Myraih Morrow, Ashton Copeland and Mark’keana Morrow.