Cunningham Elementary Choir Visits Retirement Community for Remembrance Day

This past Thursday, dozens of seniors enjoyed a Remembrance Day performance by Cunningham Elementary School students. The Cunningham school choir shared songs, poems, and stories with the residents of Shannon Oaks, an all-inclusive, independent living, retirement home in Vancouver's east side.

"The programme that Cunningham Elementary presented this week was great," said Alma Battersby, a Shannon Oaks resident. "I am not a person who weeps easily, but the children were so lovely and made me feel so proud of them. As a retired teacher and principal, it brought tears to my eyes."

The students wore white shirts and poppies to signify the day. Students shared stories and poems they had written, and sang a number of songs for the residents.

"As much as the seniors at Shannon Oaks were excited about our visit, our students were equally as excited about the opportunity to perform for such an appreciative audience!" said Joanne Dale, Cunningham Elementary's principal. "It is so important to provide opportunities for our students to connect with their community as well as providing them with opportunities to "give back" in a meaningful way, which, in this case, was through their musical talent!" 

Battersby said the children's visit made Remembrance Day that much more powerful.

"Thank you so much for making my Remembrance Day so memorable," she said.

The choir will be returning to Shannon Oaks in the spring for a much-anticipated performance. 

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