Kids Korps youngsters report on what they’ve been up to as the new year arrived.
‎ Rancho Santa Fe Kids Korps delivered wreaths to area seniors By Myles Hamilton, fifth-grader, Rancho Santa Fe School
Recently, the local Rancho Santa Fe chapter of Kids Korps helped the RSF Senior Center by delivering fresh holiday wreaths which were handmade by the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. Several families volunteered to spread some Christmas cheer by picking up the wreaths and stopping by a local seniors’ home to hang them and spend some time visiting with them.
It was fun to listen to them talk about their lives and their families and how they came to live in Rancho Santa Fe in the first place. Thelma said she had lived in Hawaii and Germany before moving here. Caroline had koi fish swimming under her walkway to the front door which was very cool. Another lady gave us a small gift to “pay forward” to the next delivery we made, which was a nice surprise and very thoughtful of her. We got several thank you notes from the seniors we met, saying how much they liked us stopping by. It was just as much fun for me and my sister.
Thanks to the Garden Club for making the wreaths … they really liked them!

Caring Carols
By Nika Haleftiras,sixth-grader at St. Therese/Notre Dame Academy, Carmel Valley.
The St. Therese/NDA Kids Korps chapter held their second annual Christmas Caroling at the Emeritage senior center, Dec. 21. Everyone walked in with big smiles and went right up to an elderly person and introduced themselves and started to converse. “I met up with one of the seniors that I met last year and she even remembered me,” said chapter leader, Joy Marsella. Many of the younger kids were a little afraid to talk with new people, but they soon made another friend. We gave each senior a little door hanger that we made at school as a gift for the holidays. We said goodbye and headed off to the assisted living dinning quarters. Then we all took a deep breath and started to sing. We sang a good deal of carols and were accompanied by a flute. The seniors enjoyed the singing very much. We walked out singing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and started back to where our friends were enjoying a nice lunch. Again, we sang our hearts out. As we walked out of the senior center, we knew that we put smiles on some faces and warmed a few hearts, but that was enough to fill us with pride and joy because that makes life worthwhile.

Making Cat Nip Toys at the San Diego Humane Society
By Max Macalus, fourth-grader at the Roger Rowe School, Rancho Santa Fe.
On Dec. 7, members of the Rancho Santa Fe Kids Korps Chapter, went to the Humane Society of San Diego to learn about how they help animals and to make cat toys for their use. It was a fun time. Our favorite part was when we saw the dogs play in the doggy playground which is where the dogs get to run, play catch, and socialize with other dogs. We learned that it is not OK to approach a dog without asking the owner’s permission and without your mom and dad saying yes. At the center, the animals that are up for adoption each have their own room. The rooms were decorated by profession decorators who donated their time. They were incredible. A person would be so lucky to be able to live there!


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