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Community outreach with the Jo. Co. Senior Center

Seniors teach Pre-K students at Mountain City Elementary how to quilt.

By Meg Dickens

Members of the Johnson County Senior Center make an effort to reach out to the community. Mountain City Elementary Pre-K student Mia Crews’ curiosity set the wheels into motion. Mrs. Faye Baker’s class has been studying the alphabet. Crews decided she would like to have a physical representation of the letter Q. Mrs. Baker showed interest in the project, and soon the senior transport bus was rolling into the elementary school parking lot.

All three Pre-K classes learned Q, R, and S during the project. Q is for the quilt they were making. R is for rectangle which is the shape of the cloth used. S is for the square the combined rectangles form. Each student chose their material and took their turn at the sewing machine. Many had never seen a sewing machine. The Senior Center Quilting Bees will connect the pieces and return the finished quilts. Principal Gay Triplett was so pleased with the outcome that she has reached out to Senior Center Director Kathy Motsinger about future visits.

The seniors did not stop with the Mountain City Elementary Pre-K kids. The JCHS boys and girls basketball teams, cheerleaders, and coaches were all invited to the center for a free lunch and to celebrate Longhorn pride during Longhorn Day.

Seniors showed their support for the teams and honored Coach Austin Atwood for all of his accomplishments this season. It was a pleasant event, and many seniors were able to spend time with their grandchildren.

Johnson County seniors are as full of energy as always. Look forward to what they accomplish next. For more information about the Johnson County Senior Center and its events, contact Kathy Motsinger at 727-8883. Event calendars and the daily menu can be picked up at the Center.

The Johnson County Senior Center is a multi-purpose center in Mountain City, TN that provides a variety of services for people 60 and older.