Third graders help nursing home residents

| December 19, 2019

COSHOCTON – Third grade students at Coshocton Elementary School collected blankets, socks, stuffed animals, and ChapStick to put together gifts for residents at Signature HealthCARE of Coshocton. Bath & Body Works donated hand lotions for each gift bag, Binsanity donated all of the gift bags and some wheelchair cushions, and Kyle Libby State Farm donated blankets. The project was spearheaded by third grade teacher Amy Unkefer. “My own children and I were visiting a shut-in who one day wasn’t there,” Unkefer said. “We found her down at the nursing home. She was alone and hadn’t had any visitors. I thought who doesn’t like to see kids at Christmas time and decided to try this.” Students helped her finish packing the 65 gift bags on Dec. 18 and signed cards to go with them. That evening students and their parents were invited to join her at the care center to sing carols and pass out cookies and the gift bags to residents. Pictured waiting for instructions from Unkefer are third graders Riley Wood and Brooklin Shaffer.


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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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