FARGO — Two classes of kindergarten students at Eagles Elementary School got to see some old friends for the first time since the pandemic started.

They walked across the street Thursday morning, May 13, to Touchmark at Harwood Groves, and colored their sidewalks with chalk.

Kids drew pictures like hearts and suns, and wrote encouraging messages on the concrete, including "Smile" and "I love you."

Heidi Meline, who teaches one of the kindergarten classes that came out to the senior living community, said it was refreshing to see the kids interact with people living at Touchmark again.

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"The kids really look up to the grandmas and grandpas," she said.

After drawing on the sidewalks, the children sang songs for the seniors, as some ate lunch inside the home, and some came out on their balconies to listen.

Eagles Elementary School students draw with chalk in the outdoor patio area of Touchmark at Harwood Groves while residents safely watch from indoors while they eat lunch on Thursday, May 13, 2021, Fargo.
Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum
Eagles Elementary School students draw with chalk in the outdoor patio area of Touchmark at Harwood Groves while residents safely watch from indoors while they eat lunch on Thursday, May 13, 2021, Fargo. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

Meline said while she and the children still had to take precautions, Thursday still felt like a celebration.

Eagles Elementary has regularly visited Touchmark since 2016, as part of Fargo Public Schools' "Adopt-a-School" program.