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Separated by generations, penpals meet

Program brings together students, nursing home residents

The Avenue nursing home resident Shirley Anatriello answers questions from Mont Pleasant Middle School student Alexys Hurd.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
The Avenue nursing home resident Shirley Anatriello answers questions from Mont Pleasant Middle School student Alexys Hurd.
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It was a simple question. How do you like it here? But suddenly, Shirley Anatriello dissolved into tears. The two middle school children interviewing her froze. “I lost my husband,” she said, tears streaking down her cheeks. As the children struggled to find anything to say, she wiped at her tears frantically. “No big deal,” the 76-year-old gasped. “I managed. I’m tough. Life goes on.” Finally, 13-year-old Alexys Hurd said, “I’m sorry!” Anatriello forced a ...

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