Cowpens elementary students surprise seniors with Easter baskets


SPARTANBURG CO., S.C. (WSPA) — Cowpens Elementary School students spread a little cheer across Spartanburg County Tuesday in celebration of Easter.

Dozens of 4th and 5th grade students of the Cowpens Elementary Sign Language Club delivered easter baskets to elderly and disabled members of the community at Willow Oaks Apartment. It was part of a community service project that’s been a tradition at the school for nearly 20 years.

Each “Easter baskets” is a bag decorated by the students, and is full of toiletry items, candy and an Easter egg.

“It’s nice for them to give it to us and everything,” one resident says. “Helps us out a lot!”

Sissy Ivy, a Hearing Impaired Teacher for Spartanburg’s school District 3 says the group’s goal is to bring awareness to speech and hearing impairments and to serve elderly members in the community. “This is our community service,” she says. “We want to reach out to our elderly, the ones that we love!”

Birdie Van Patton, an 89-year-old resident, says the unexpected company was a highlight to her day. “It’s lonely when you hit a certain age,” she says. “You look forward to somebody coming and talking with you.”

After giving Van Patton several hugs and telling her that she’s not alone, student Zyriah Hall says her interaction with Van Patton is not one she will soon forget.

“It was so touching,” she says. “It almost made me cry because of what she said.”

The students also delivered “Easter baskets” to a local chapter of Mobile Meals.

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