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Local students bring carnival to nursing home

Derba Long knocks down a few pins (Source: KWES). Derba Long knocks down a few pins (Source: KWES).
MIDLAND, TX (KWES) -

It was a fun filled morning for some elderly Midlanders. Since many of the residents of Senior Care of Midland are bound to wheelchairs, local students brought a carnival to them.

It's a change of pace. Young and the elderly bonding through carnival games.

For many who live at the senior home, going to a carnival is nearly impossible.

"It makes our lives a little more fun!" said resident Debra Long.

Students from the Midland Classical Academy (MCA) brought the fun to the nursing home. They set up all kinds of traditional games like the ring toss, golf, even face painting and what's a carnival without the prizes?

"All of them were coming by saying, 'What all did you win? What do you got in there?' I said well I got everything," said Ethelene Pruitt, referring to her big bag of prizes.

"I got a rose. I got a bracelet. I don't know what games they were," said Anne Warr with a laugh.

It was about the fun, but MCA's project is also aimed at serving.

"A lot of them say that it's one of their favorite things that happens during the year. It's really exciting to get to be apart of that," said Tyler Porter, a student at MCA.

"The residents who are here, they have great stories to share and a whole lifetime of wisdom to offer, " said AJ Perea, the academic dean of MCA.

Perea says this project helps to bridge the gap between old and young.

"We like to do something besides stay in our room. This is wonderful. I really liked it," said Pruitt.

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