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Cornerstone Students Share Christmas Cheer

"In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive." – Acts 20:35

Our Cornerstone Elementary cheerleaders celebrated the Christmas season with their first annual Mother-Daughter Christmas Cheer Tea, hosted and organized by Cornerstone teachers, Angela Eeles and Amanda Winkler. 

Just a little something to brighten your day. Students from Cornerstone Prep were busy creating smiles! Our elementary cheerleading students spent their time crafting encouraging notes for NorthStar Place Residents and Staff. We are grateful! 

In the past, before Covid, our Cornerstone elementary cheerleaders would make Christmas cards and get to visit the NorthStar Place Nursing Home residents in person. They would perform cheers, do stunts, sing Christmas carols, serve cookies, and give the residents homemade cards. 

“For the last two years, we’ve had to modify, but we didn’t want to skip the nursing home Christmas cheer experience,” added Eeles.  

Because of the risk involved, many nursing homes across the country are protecting their residents by closing their doors to visitors. Some nursing homes are requesting people send letters or postcards to their residents. Teachers and students across the country are fulfilling that need. 

As a way of giving back to their community, these elementary students dedicated their time and efforts to making Christmas cards. Over the course of the last two months, Cornerstone cheerleaders made cards for the residents of NorthStar Place. At the tea, they prayed over the cards and for the residents and staff that would receive them. 

Cornerstone third-grade student, Lucy Delaney, recalled, “It made me feel so happy to make cards for the nursing home. In my card, I wrote ‘Jesus is the reason for the season.’ I hope they loved it.” 

 “The activity gave students the opportunity to develop their creative writing skills as well as their compassion for others,” added Eeles.

After performing the cheer routine for their moms, the 1st-6th grade cheerleaders sang a few Christmas carols and enjoyed some sweet treats together. 

The cheerleaders donated many containers of cookies, and they were dropped off with the cards last week at NorthStar Place. Haven Caskey, fourth-grade student added, “I had a lot of fun making my cards. I think it will bless them and they won’t feel so lonely this Christmas.”

NorthStar Place activity director, Latrell Williams, was very appreciative. She thanked us and said the staff and residents appreciated the cards and cookies. Latrell enjoyed giving them cookies daily last week.

Amanda Winkler, first and second-grade cheer teacher, said, “The first and second-grade cheerleaders really enjoyed the teatime with their moms.  They had three special ‘mama thank you cheers’ that they performed for their mamas, because of all their moms do for them!  It was really a sweet time for the girls to spend with their moms and friends. Cornerstone is such a special school that we have such a unique environment that we can have this time together!”  

2021-22 Cornerstone Elementary Cheerleading Squad 

“The girls, Mrs. Winkler,  and I are thankful and blessed to have shown some of God’s love this Christmas season by encouraging the residents and staff at NorthStar Place. It is an honor to love God and people, and help spread Christmas cheer in such a fun way,” said Eeles. 

As you celebrate the miracle of this special season, may your heart be filled with joy and peace. May these holiday blessings linger in your home and stay with you throughout the year. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  





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