Forest Park Middle School students visit local veterans

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Veterans at the Soldiers’ Home In Holyoke were treated to some energetic company Saturday afternoon.

Members of the Forest Park Middle School’s Kiwanis Builders Kindness and Caring Club paid a visit to the home for some quality time spent with their heroic elders.

The club arrived Saturday morning and received a tour of the home and dropped off a variety of donations before engaging with veterans.

Students learned a variety of games as well as casual conversations during their time with local heroes.

“We wanted to experience and spend more time with them,” Asmita Sarki, president of the student club told 22News. “We’ve been playing cards, it’s fun to play with them and learning new games with them.”

Sarki added, “I love helping people and helping communities that need help from people.”

Most of the seventh and eighth graders who visited the Soldiers’ Home In Holyoke are English second language students, making the easy conversations all the more impactful.

To top off the day, the students bought a book for the veterans, filling it with messages of care and kindness.

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