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Forget Me Not: The power of intertwining generations

Moffat County High School students cook a tasty Thanksgiving meal for Sunset Meadows residents Thursday.

Something powerful happens when you put high school students together with senior citizens.

Students become more aware of a generation often forgotten, and elders feel overwhelming gratitude for their presence.

That's what happened on Thursday when Moffat County High School students spent five hours cooking a delicious Thanksgiving meal for Sunset Meadows residents.

"Since my kids left here, I don't have any children nearby, so I'm grateful that I could come down and join others for the holiday," said Sunset Meadows resident Patty Nicodemus, who had tears in her eyes talking about how wonderful it was that the teenagers cooked for her. "I'm grateful for everything."

The high school's culinary class started cooking at 7 a.m. on Thursday, preparing six turkeys and traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Sunset Meadows I and II residents sat down at noon to enjoy the treat.

But it wasn't just a treat for the elders — it also gave the high schoolers a new perspective on an older generation.

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"It makes me feel good to come here, especially if they don't have family. One lady said she didn't have any family and if it weren't for us, she wouldn't have Thanksgiving dinner," said MCHS sophomore Savannah Duran. "It means learning how the world worked when they were young, hearing their stories. It feels good to know they had a past too."

Engagement between the two age groups touched many hearts that day, including Shawnna Muhme, executive director of Sunset Meadows.

"The high school students are at such a fast pace, and it's nice for them to slow down and enjoy a different pace of life," Muhme said. "I think it's important for the high school students to interact with seniors to get a different perspective (on life)."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the aging population in our nation is expected to spike over the next few decades because of baby boomers.

Now is the time when we need to make great strides in ensuring that senior citizens remain seen in our society. They need social interaction.

MCHS students are setting an excellent precedent for how the community should take time, slow down and enjoy our elders.

"It makes me happy to help other people, communicating with them and making them smile," said MCHS senior Angelica Bernal.

Noelle Leavitt Riley is the editor of the Craig Daily Press and the Saturday Morning Press. She and her husband, Shawn Riley, run the Forget Me Not organization where they take donated flowers to seniors in nursing homes, letting them know they're not forgotten by society. Reach her at 970-756-1308 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com.Noelle Leavitt Riley is the editor of the Craig Daily Press and the Saturday Morning Press. She and her husband, Shawn Riley, run the Forget Me Not organization where they take donated flowers to seniors in nursing homes, letting them know they’re not forgotten by society. Reach her at 970-756-1308 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com. Noelle Leavitt Riley is the editor of the Craig Daily Press and the Saturday Morning Press. She and her husband, Shawn Riley, run the Forget Me Not organization where they take donated flowers to seniors in nursing homes, letting them know they're not forgotten by society. Reach her at 970-756-1308 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com.

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