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Tuesday October 3, 2017 at 2:24pm Age: 52 days
Category: High School

NHS SENIOR PROJECTS BRING MUSIC AND JOY TO VALLEY VIEW RESIDENTS


On their senior year, members of the National Honor Society (NHS) are challenged to engage in a Senior Project designed to benefit others and advance leadership skills in an area that relates to them personally, or to their future.

Seniors Billy Schiele, NHS vice president, and Sierra Catletti, an NHS member, joined forces to complete their Senior Project by hosting a Music Festival at the Valley View Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility, in Goshen, NY.

After several weeks of planning, and meeting with Mark LaBruna, activities director at Valley View, the students’ initiative was welcomed with opened arms. "Our residents come from different walks of life, and they all have a story to tell,” Mr. LaBruna said to Billy and Sierra. “They look forward to daily activities and events, and something like this will bring them lots of joy and happiness."

On Sat., Sep. 30, Billy and Sierra arrived at Valley View accompanied by many of their peers and fellow chorus and band members. (Sierra is head drum major of the MVHS Band.) They contributed singing, dancing and musical performances to the festival, as well as home-baked goods they helped serve to their special audience.

"When I heard the residents' sweet comments and saw their smiling faces, I knew that our small act of kindness made an impact," Sierra Catletti said.

"We were able to do something that the residents will never forget. The joy we brought them is the greatest reward I could have ask for," Billy Schiele added.

Congratulations, Billy and Sierra, on a job well done!