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Murfreesboro 6th graders gift poinsettias to senior citizens

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

Sixth graders from Hobgood Elementary School in Murfreesboro spread a little holiday cheer to seniors in Rutherford County Wednesday morning.

The students gave poinsettia plants to residents at Community Care of Rutherford County.

It was a chance for the students to be a blessing to the residents while learning how to give back to the community.

Teacher Chick Knitter said, "The plant may wilt, the card my fade but the memory is going to linger so that is the main thing for all involved, the kids and the residents of the nursing home."

The students raised the poinsettias for three and a half months in the school greenhouse.  Throughout the process they learned how to overcome problems and set backs.

"The plants got sick and so they don't look as good as they could and you have to come out and water it when it is cold outside," student Zakiya Cooper explained.

The kids also learned the value of doing something nice for others.

Cooper said, "It feels good to do that for people who may not have families."

This is the fourth year the sixth grade class at Hobgood Elementary has participated in the Growing Hearts and Minds service project.

This year the project was funded by a $900 grant from the City Schools Foundation.

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