Senior citizens celebrate fall in Cottage Grove
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Submitted by Mamie Ellis
The J.D. Thompson High School Alumni Association was bursting with excitement as they prepared for their first Fall Festival for Seniors on October 26.
The seniors were equally excited. Ms. Ruby Leonard was the first to arrive and received a gift certificate.
The building was soon filled with 40 smiling seniors ready for a morning of fun activities. The planned events included Health and Wellness with Coach Doris Gamble, games, pumpkin making, touring the J.D. Thompson Alumni building, spending time with old and new friends, and a healthy snack of homemade chili, fruit, crackers, and water.
Coach Gamble started the Health and Wellness session with “heel to toe” and “figure eight” exercises. The importance of seniors exercising safely while sitting or standing was discussed.
Information on smart food choices and adult exercise and physical activity was provided by the National Institute on Aging.
Time set aside for games and crafts was the highlight of the morning. The favorite games were bingo and the left-right game. Frankie Cousin, Juanita McElrath, Patricia Williams, and Gertrude Daniels were the Top Prize winners.
This was the first Fall Festival hosted by the J.D. Thompson High School Alumni Association. The officers and board members would like to thank our volunteers, sponsors and everyone that made donations of any form to make this festival a success.
We appreciate all the seniors that were able to come out for a morning of fun and fellowship. Judge Richard Dean and Sheriff Michael Howell, we hope you enjoyed the festival, and we look forward to seeing you at other alumni events.
Please read upcoming editions of “The Coosa County News” for information on a Christmas Open House event at the alumni building in Cottage Grove.