St. Simon first graders visit Eastside Neighborhood Center

Each year Mrs. Carroll's first grade class from Saint Simon Parish School visits the Eastside Neighborhood Center, part of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County's Older Adult Services program. 

On Wednesday, February 11th, twenty-two students spent the morning at the Center.  Children had an opportunity to visit with seniors and sing songs with their new friends.  In addition the class delivered one hundred and fifty fleece scarves, Valentine's Day cards, and Valentine's Day place mats to be used during meals.  

"The average age of our seniors is about seventy five years of age.  Many of them don't have families or can't be with their families so they get lonely.  Visits from local school children have a tremendous impact on the social well being of our seniors and they love it" said David S. Hernandez, Program Supervisor at Eastside Neighborhood Center.  "I love seeing the kids visiting and dancing with us" said Ida Hernandez, "it makes me feel strong and young again".  

About Saint Simon Parish School
Saint Simon Parish School is a Catholic Pre-K through eighth grade school located in Los Altos, California within the Diocese of San Jose. For more information about Saint Simon, go to

About Eastside Neighborhood Center
Eastside Neighborhood Center provides East San Jose with educational, recreational, wellness, nutritional and social services.  The majority of the participants are very low-income seniors facing economic, language, educational and cultural barriers.  The Neighborhood Center provides multicultural special events, classes, presentations, workshops, wellness classes and services.  In addition, a nutritional program is offered to those who qualify.  For more information about Eastside Neighborhood Center go to