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Field trip to Eagle’s Trace

School volunteers invite students to West Houston community

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June 23rd, 2014
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It may be a few years before they can move in, but the first-grade students at Barbara Bush Elementary are already enamored with Eagle’s Trace.

More than 100 youngsters descended on the West Houston Erickson Living community recently to visit their math mentors, 11 Eagle’s Trace residents who volunteer twice a month at nearby Barbara Bush Elementary.

“We’ve been working with the first-grade students for the past four years,” says Eagle’s Trace resident Jeanne Lelley. “The teachers plan the lessons and provide the supplies, and we get the fun of working with the kids. This year, we worked on measurement, fractions, and telling time.”

Special invitation

As the school year progressed and the children felt at ease with the volunteers from Trace, they began to ask questions.

“The children wanted to know where we live,” says Pat Osborne, a retired special education teacher and one of the mentors. “We thought it would be fun to invite them to Eagle’s Trace.”

The first-grade teachers were enthusiastic about the idea and planned a patriotic program for the children to sing at Eagle’s Trace. The children entertained residents with their renditions of “Texas, Our Texas,” “God Bless America,” “You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag,” “This Land is Your Land,” and the Barbara Bush Elementary anthem.

“The kids did a marvelous job,” says Haskell Silkwood, one of the mentors. “It’s neat to see them at Eagle’s Trace.”

The kids felt the same way, describing their visit to the West Houston community as “fun,” “awesome,” and “cool.”

‘Happy relationship’

Following the performance, the children, teachers, parent chaperones, and Eagle’s Trace residents adjourned to the community’s Garden Room Restaurant for juice and cookies.

“This is the best field trip ever,” said parent chaperone Charu Agarwal, whose daughter Ashia attends Barbara Bush Elementary. “My daughter loves it when the Eagle’s Trace volunteers come to her school. It’s such a happy relationship between generations.”

Before the first-graders boarded the buses to head back to school, they toured the community’s fitness center, swimming pool, library, bank, and market.

“Eagle’s Trace is a mini city,” said one boy. “I’d think I’d like to live here.”