Eighth grade students from Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark recently brought their favorite stories to read to residents of New Community Gardens Senior. The students spent time with the seniors as part of their community service hours. Gardens Senior resident Patricia Murphy, in bottom left photo, listens as Assata Al’Sincere, 13, reads. Bottom right photo: Thirteen-year-old Ari-Yonnah Paige, holding book, reads to resident Tammie Dunn, seated across table, as Tamia Belton, on left, 12, follows along. “It was cute—it was fun,” Dunn said of the story the girls read titled, “Those Shoes.” Afterwards, the group enjoyed conversation over cookies and hot chocolate provided by Health and Social Services and Management staff at Gardens Senior.