Dec. 11 was a day for smiling.
Members of the Thomson-McDuffie Junior High School student council visited residents at Thomson Manor Health Care Center and took them Christmas presents.
"This is our community project," teacher Mamie Brown said. "It's our way of touching base with the real world outside the classroom. And hopefully, we can bring some smiles."
Led by Activities Director Shonda Huff, the group of 22 students walked the halls of the alternative living facility and talked to the residents, wishing them a Merry Christmas. Many residents received gift bags containing items such as hats and socks.
And they did bring smiles. Resident Ruth Meadows said they "made my day bringing me a present."
The students raised the money themselves to purchase the gifts, according to Ms. Brown.
"It's a good experience," ninth-grader Jasmine Flournoy said. "I have a great-great grandfather here, so I think for us to come and see how they live everyday and give presents is a great thing. I'll come back any day."