On December 5th, from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, the UC Clermont Advocate Network (UCCAN) hosted a holiday coloring event as a way to take a break from final exam week. Students gathered in Snyder 166 to enjoy pizza, art, and holiday music while they created holiday cards for veterans in the Georgetown Veterans Home.
There are 160 veterans living in the Georgetown Veterans Home, with about ten percent staying in the Alzheimer’s unit. The veterans participate in daily activities including bingo and kickball, but receiving the holiday cards that were created by UCCAN will certainly brighten their holiday season.
Prof. Jill Gomez, the faculty advisor for UCCAN, and said that “finals week leaves students using primarily the left side of the brain—the linear, logical side. Coloring brings out the right side of the brain where they can use their creativity as a stress reliever.”
While eating pizza and mingling, students used colored pencils, markers, and even holiday-shaped cookie cutters to create fun, festive holiday cards for the veterans. Miranda Miller, a student at UC Clermont, indicated that she was there “because I wanted to learn more about UCCAN. I also think this is an amazing opportunity to give back during the holidays.” Another student, Carly Vineyard, said, “I’m here for the veterans because I want to help make them feel special during the holiday season.”
Students also participated in the event to get away from the stress of exam week. Karmin Fredwest commented, “It’s finals week and I wanted to sit down and not have to worry for a little while. I also wanted to come here to give back to our veterans.”
By the end of the event, the students had created a stack of holiday cards, 110 in all, to be delivered to the home on December 22nd by Jimmy Gillespie, the director of the Veterans Program and Services. He also plans on bringing Santa along with him. The cards will surely lift some holiday spirits at the Georgetown Veterans Home.