February 28, 2014

Citizens of the Week: Student Valentines

The Daily Citizen

— Volunteer Sandi Nix has been visiting Quinton Memorial Health and Rehabilitation in Dalton for years, but she said she’s been touched by the outpouring of gratitude she has received after deciding to enlist some little helpers in a Valentine’s Day celebration for the Quinton residents.

Young artists from Cohutta Elementary School and Varnell Elementary School rose up in force. Sylvia Silva’s first-grade class and Sally Creswell’s kindergarten class from Varnell designated time for students to create paper flower bouquets and cards they then donated to the effort. Various classes from Cohutta also participated.

Nix said she was touched by the support. At Varnell, she said, the students were called to the front office to deliver the crafts to her.

“They were just shining with pride,” she said of the children. “I cried.”

Nix said she and pianist Lonny Starnes visit Quinton about once a month for a music ministry. Her grandchildren help with a special visit at Christmas, and her mother, Shelby Senters, helped deliver the Valentine’s gifts this year.

Nix said nearby schools, including Beaverdale Elementary, have helped with the effort for several years in the past. Students are “so excited to make the cards,” she said.

For their kindness in making Valentine’s Day a little brighter for others, The Daily Citizen names Quinton’s student Valentines Citizens of the Week.