AA Cheerleaders Bring Cheer to Nursing Home Residents
By Jean Tremaine
2016, November 21 – Amelia Academy’s Mascot cheerleaders visited the Amelia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Virginia Street to bring a little holiday cheer to the residents there just before Thanksgiving. The team turned out in their navy and white cheerleading uniforms, replete with white bows in their hair and sparkling navy pom-poms.
The team gathered after school, performed a full cheer routine for residents in the dining hall and then had an ice cream social with the residents. Chocolate and vanilla ice cream with a multitude of sauces, whipped cream and candy garnishes were provided by the cheerleading team and shared with residents.
After ice cream, the cheerleaders showed the residents a favorite cheer game called “Little Sally Walker”. The game is played in a circle with girls imitating one another’s spontaneous movements which helps them develop new moves for their cheer routines and practice existing moves.
After the round robin game, the girls visited another part of the nursing home and did another cheer routine for residents there.
Accompanying the team were their student coaches, Gillian C. and Catarina S., both upper school students at AA; their faculty coach, Lisa Harvie and faculty manager, Jennifer Hayghe. Student coach, Hannah K., was unable to attend.
AA’s Mascot cheerleaders are the youngest team sport at AA. Cheerleading is open to girls in Pre-K through 5th grade. The team this year is comprised of K-4th graders.
Cheerleaders practice regularly as a team and participate in JV and Varsity sports games to cheer on the AA Patriots and Lady Patriots, as well as sharing their routines with community groups such as the residents at the nursing and rehab center.