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Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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PROJECT INDEPENDENCE PARTICIPANT Shirley Gervais, left, dances with Mary Hogan Elementary sixth-grader Elsa Burrows last Friday during a regular visit of the school’s students to Elderly Services. Independent photo/Steve James

MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School 6th-grader Heath Odell and a handful of his classmates darted to the Elderly Services Inc. music room last Friday morning, where they each picked an elderly partner whom they led to the center of the welcoming space.

While musician Judd Markowski squeezed out a lively tune on his accordion, the children tenderly clasped their partners’ hands and gently guided them in dance while seniors too frail to join in beamed from chairs along the sideline.

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