This winter Sophi Farid, one of the core leaders of RBRO’s Wheelers and Dealers, decided to start an Adopt-a-Resident program at Rock Bridge. She wanted to make the holidays special for the residents at South Hampton Nursing Home. Sophi asked students to “adopt a resident” by buying a Christmas gift for them. All of the residents were adopted, and about a week later, Sophi had wrapped over 80 gifts. Today was Southampton’s annual Christmas party that featured residents’ family and friends, a visit from Santa, a ham and turkey dinner and a table full of desserts. Santa passed out the gifts to all of the residents as a fantastic way to end off the celebration. Every resident received two or three packages, one through the Adopt-a-Resident program and others from the nurses at Southampton and various companies that independently donated. The smiles on their faces when they received their gifts were priceless. After the great success of the program this year, RBRO hopes to make this program an annual tradition.

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By Kelsey Harper


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Kelsey Harper is one of those girls. The ones that has her essays done before the teachers assign them. The kind that spends 10 hours studying for a test you didn't even know you had. Kelsey is the definition of overachiever. And in case that isn't enough, she is also a walking, talking Wal-Mart. Need a Band-Aid? Kelsey has a Spider-Man one. Need a Kleenex? Kelsey has a whole box. Need extra undies after laughing a little too hard? Don't hesitate to ask Kelsey! You can almost always find her studying in the choir hallway or slaving away after school at show choir practices; probably accompanied by her two pillow pets. Get to know Kelsey and she will no doubt save you multiple times, whether it's answering that one calculus question you didn't understand, giving you an emergency Alka-Seltzer, or just being a great friend. Written by Trisha Chaudhary. To contact Kelsey, send an email to



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