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Preschool teachers, parents, students and their siblings took a beautiful spring stroll across the street to Emerald Pond assisted living facility Wednesday afternoon to enjoy the company of senior citizens they’ve come to call friends. As the dozens of tiny little legs made the trek, guided by a careful crossing guard contingent from the Durham Police Department and DA security team, they could see the festivities awaiting them as they made their way up the hill.
“The Amazing Ms. Laura” was on hand to bend balloons into swords, frogs, spring flowers, even Disney princesses and Rapunzels. There were bubble wands galore, sidewalk chalk drawing areas, a temporary tattoo table and lots of trips down to the pond itself to try to entice squawking geese ever closer.
The centerpiece of the visit was an Easter egg hunt spread all across Emerald Pond’s cottage lawns — the shouts and squeals of little voices all around the property prompting several residents to come out and watch the children search. Many of Emerald Ponds’ seniors sat in rocking chairs on the back patio, smiling and content to soak in the laughter and delight of their little visitors. After more than an hour, Preschoolers and their families said their goodbyes, making sure to stop and share a story, show (and even share!) their Easter eggs and candy, and wave to their friends until next time.