Black Hawk Students go Caroling at Royal Oaks and Kewanee Care Home in Kewanee


English as a Second Language students from the Black Hawk College Community Education Center in Kewanee helped spread Christmas cheer this holiday season by caroling at Royal Oaks Care Center and Kewanee Care Home. The residents at both facilities were very excited for the annual visits to resume after a long COVID break. They clapped along, saying “Merry Christmas” and wished the students a happy new year. After performing several carols in the dining hall, the students walked up and down the hallways singing to residents who were in their rooms.

“Our ESL students love giving back to the community. They are amazing to work with,” said Valerie Painter, English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor and the new Community Education Center coordinator. The students purchased gifts for the residents and distributed the gifts to each resident,

“They look forward to seeing the residents and sharing songs and gifts with them. It’s an inspiring and precious thing to witness the joy and care this day brings to so many,” Painter said.

The Community Education Center is ready to embark on a fantastic year with even more offerings to the community. For more information about ESL and GED® classes in Kewanee, visit or stop by the center at 404 E. Third St.

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