Bella Girls deliver gifts

Published on Monday, 30 December 2013 22:37 - Written by Staff Reports

A group of girls from Bell Elementary Global Communications Academy recently delivered some gifts to residents of The Hamptons Assisted Living and Memory Care Center in Tyler.

Forty-five girls who participate in the school’s Bella Girls program visited the center to talk to residents and give out 95 handmade winter scarves and holiday cards, according to a Tyler ISD news release.

“It was fun to able to bring happiness to other people that might not get to see their families very often,” fourth-grader Madisyn Matalema said, according to the news release.

Fourth-grader Serenity Reed said her favorite part of the visit was singing “Happy Birthday” to the oldest resident of the center who was 98.

Bella Girls is an after-school program for fourth- and fifth-grade girls. Through the program, the school aims to build a positive self-concept in preteen girls through education and community service opportunities, according to the news release.

Students discuss friendships, positive body image, problem solving and career interests, among other topics, according to the news release.

“It was such a joy to see our fourth- and fifth-grade girls interacting with the residents of the Hamptons,” Bell counselor Sarah Walker said, according to the news release. “I could not have been prouder of them. The girls were kind, engaging, compassionate and respectful. I think service projects are a great way to teach our students about our community and to expose them to leadership opportunities right here in East Texas.”