FLORENCE -- Nothing screams kindness like children joining with the elderly to show they care.
Such was the philosophy of Riverhill School on Tuesday as its preschool's 3-year-olds, along with first-graders, spent the morning with residents of Montreat Apartments.
First, there was singing as the students, dressed in matching scarves, performed several songs.
The first-graders then read poems to their audience and ended their visit by pairing with the residents to make crafts.
The activities were part of the school's participation in this week's national Great Kindness Challenge.
Riverhill's student body, which goes through sixth grade, is participating in kindness-related activities through Friday. Most activities are school-based, but on Tuesday the students went out into the community.
"Sharing and caring for others and community outreach are things we always want our students exposed to," said Riverhill teacher Allison Delbert, who coordinated the event.
Nina Williams, service coordinator for Montreat Apartments, which is an independent living complex for senior citizens, said such visits from children are appreciated and needed.
"Some of the residents' families live far away and they don't get to see little ones often," she said. "The residents enjoy the interaction, and it's also good for the children because many of them likely don't have people in this age range in their families."
First-grader Luke Thomas said he'd been looking forward to the outing at Montreat for days.
"I just wanted to be nice and sing to them because I don't think they see little kids very often," Thomas said. "Spreading joy is a great thing."
Montreat resident Dorothy Clanton agreed.
"I love children, and this just makes me happy," she said. "It started my day just perfectly."