Pictured above, (back row, l to r), Jackson Monte, Tae Shumaker, Ryan Monte (front row) Jamey Monte and Lucy Comins.

This holiday season, students at Kingsley Elementary School made holiday cards for Evanston’s elderly residents living at area retirement homes. The project, led by school social worker Allison Harned, took place at the school and involved all grades. The cards were distributed by Dr. John Hillebrand of Evanston and Kingsley parent Kate Monte, with fifth-graders Jackson Monte, Benji Comins and Tae Shumaker and second-graders Jamey Monte and Lucy Comins.

The 287 cards were handed out to residents at The Mather Home, The Jacob Blake Manor and The Presbyterian Home in Evanston before Christmas, to the delight of the many residents who received them. Jamey Monte, age 7, said, “It was good because we got to hand out cards to old people. It felt great to be nice and helpful. They said, ‘You just made my day.