Spreading peace through service projects is what the Le Sueur-Henderson Hilltop Peacemakers do throughout the school year and on Friday, Dec. 12, they did so through singing Christmas carols at Sunrise Plaza in Le Sueur.

The group of fourth- and fifth-graders at Hilltop Elementary in Henderson do service projects throughout the year, including projects like cleaning up the park on Earth Day, making May baskets and recently they coordinated a holiday food drive for the Sibley County Food Shelf.

“They also spread Valentine messages of peace and kindness and caring,” school social worker Jean Eis told the seniors at Sunrise Plaza.

In addition to singing Christmas carols this holiday season, the Peacemakers made holiday decorations and treats to share with the people at Sunrise Plaza.

“They are a wonderful group of students and they do a lot of neat things. What I’ve found was really fun is that they are really enthusiastic and enjoy it,” Eis said.

Favorite songs that were sung included Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and other traditional holiday songs.

The Peacemakers enjoyed asking the seniors what was their favorite thing to do over Christmas while they were young.

Many said they enjoyed ice skating on a frozen lake, making a fire and toasting marshmallows, and drinking hot cocoa. Others said they enjoyed baking sugar cookies and making tree ornaments of popcorn and cranberries. But most said their favorite memory was getting the whole family together.

They told stories of making and receiving homemade gifts of mittens, pajamas and quilts.

“We’ve learned that homemade gifts are very special,” Eis said.

Some of the songs the students sang were from their holiday concert and the residents enjoyed singing along during their favorite Christmas songs.

Reporter Josie Oliver can be reached at 931-8576. Follow her on Twitter @LNHjosieoliver.

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