Since the beginning of the school year, members of Smoky Mountain High School HOSA have made some special connections with 35 residents of Skyland Care Center in Sylva through HOSA’s Adopt-A-Grandparent community service project.
SMHS teachers Kaila Day and Martha Smith serve as advisors to the group. Students send letters and cards to their “grandparent” including photos and information about themselves so that Skyland residents who do not have their own family support can get to know them.
At the end of each month, the students send gifts including socks, crafts, lotion, room décor and blankets to their grandparents. With strict COVID precautions in place, students have not been able to meet the residents, but hope to do so in the future.
Above from left, Macie Bryson, Natalie Parris, Callie Danner, Kennedy Stewman, Rani Patel, Martha Smith, Kristen Cochran and Ashley Clark are part of a group bringing gifts for their grandparents.