Yesterday afternoon (Thursday) the fifth and sixth grade students from Countryside Christian School at Halstead came to help us enjoy an afternoon of “fall fun”. The children first sang a couple of songs. Then, together with our residents, they formed two long lines and attempted to see which line could empty their box of apples at one end, and fill the one at the opposite end soonest. After much fumbling (some students trying to pass four apples down at once) we pronounced the winners! We were then ready to watch the next race. The students divided into two groups; then, while balancing an apple on top of their head and holding one in their hand, they walked down the long aisle formed by residents, staff, and family members. If they could get to the box on the other end without the apple falling to the floor, they could deposit it into the box. If it fell, they must go to the back of the line and try again. The object once again, was to fill the box of apples at the far end. This was really quite entertaining as some of the students’ heads must be a bit rounder than others! A few of the students seemed to have no problem with the apple slipping, and could walk quite naturally. Some walked rather crookedly and, if one were to judge by appearance, looked like they should be going to see the chiropractor! The boys then took their turn bobbing for apples. They would come up for air with an apple clamped in their teeth and water streaming down their face. Even our Administrator was a good sport, and with a little encouragement also got his apple! The girls meanwhile were using half of an apple dipped in paint to stamp and decorate little bags that would later hold apples that everyone could take home. Of course, we couldn’t actually have all these apple activities without eating some of the fruit! The activity ladies, together with Esther, Priscilla, Elizabeth, Margaret, Nina, and Crystal made apple dumplings, which turned out to be as delicious as they smelled! The afternoon really was “a good time, enjoyed by all”. Thanks to the students and teachers for coming out and making it so memorable!