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Each year, Brenda Ward and Sue Mohr, kindergarten teachers at Delmarva Christian Schools Milton Campus (DCMC), take their students on a service-oriented field trip. This year, that meant a visit to the CHEER Center in Milton.

“A long time ago, the school had us do one field trip that was considered our ‘missions’ trip,” said Ward. “Mrs. Mohr and I have just kept with this tradition each year. So we consider this our ‘Kindergarten Missions Trip.’ We usually go to a nursing home; but, this year, we wanted to try something new, so we went to the Milton CHEER Center. This was our first time, and we absolutely loved it there.”

On their Wednesday, March 9 visit, the students met Silver Wings, a three-year-old therapy miniature horse from Angelic Touch Therapy Animals in Lewes, and visited with the seniors, singing Bible songs and delivering paper kites that they had made.

DCMC kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Sue Mohr, Maren Edwards, and Noah Walls pet and groom Silver Wings, a therapy miniature horse from Angelic Touch Therapy Animals in Lewes.

DCMC kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Sue Mohr, Maren Edwards, and Noah Walls pet and groom Silver Wings, a therapy miniature horse from Angelic Touch Therapy Animals in Lewes.

“We talk with the children about being a missionary and what that means,” said Ward. “We tell the children that we are being missionaries by bringing Jesus to the CHEER Center. We show them the love of Jesus through our songs and by giving them a small gift—like the kites we brought them—and, of course, by our smiles and good manners that we use when we go to visit them.”

Nolan Ellwanger gifts Milton CHEER Center volunteer, Dan Wilcox, paper kites that he and his classmates made in preparation for their visit.

Nolan Ellwanger gifts Milton CHEER Center volunteer, Dan Wilcox, paper kites that he and his classmates made in preparation for their visit.

Each year’s trip has its stand-out moments; and, oftentimes, the teachers enjoy the visit as much as the students do.

“The visit was awesome,” said Ward. “We can’t wait to do it again. The kids favorite part was, of course, grooming and petting the miniature horse but the teachers favorite part was seeing how well the children sang their songs to the members of the CHEER Center. The children did so well! It made us so proud of them.”

DCMC kindergarten students and their teachers pose with a few members of the CHEER Center staff outside of the facility in Milton. Pictured are (back, l. to r.) Brenda Ward, CHEER Center Volunteer Dan Wilcox, Kitchen Manager Chuck Shearer, Center Director Fran Smith, Sue Mohr, (middle) Gigi Vann, Gabbie Azeltine, Chad Marino, Juliana Thomas, Haylee White, Tyler Jarrell, Lydia Hudson, Nolan Ellwanger, Ellie Walls, Paige Nicholson, (front) McKenzie Gregory, Sophia Montag, Lily Feaster, Maren Edwards, Madeline Conley, Gia Berberian, Ian Prall, Noah Walls, Mary Downs

DCMC kindergarten students and their teachers pose with a few members of the CHEER Center staff outside of the facility in Milton. Pictured are (back, l. to r.) Brenda Ward, CHEER Center Volunteer Dan Wilcox, Kitchen Manager Chuck Shearer, Center Director Fran Smith, Sue Mohr, (middle) Gigi Vann, Gabbie Azeltine, Chad Marino, Juliana Thomas, Haylee White, Tyler Jarrell, Lydia Hudson, Nolan Ellwanger, Ellie Walls, Paige Nicholson, (front) McKenzie Gregory, Sophia Montag, Lily Feaster, Maren Edwards, Madelyn Conley, Gia Berberian, Ian Prall, Noah Walls, Mary Downs.