Students form bond with aged-care residents

St Mary's students form bond with aged-care residents

ST MARY'S College students Ben Choice, Jacob Lunney and Jared Swinton have formed a strong bond with aged-care resident Nino Marchetti by retelling the story of his life.

The year 12 students considered themselves lucky to have been able to spend hours with Mr Marchetti, his wife Gloria Marchetti and his sister Zina Leggett as they documented his life story as part of a voluntary school assignment.

They were among a group of classmates who interviewed a number of residents at Lourdes Home for the Aged.

"We shared some laughs and some tears," Mr Lunney said.

"It went really well."

The boys listened to and video taped Mr Marchetti as he spoke about his family, his past and his memories.

 
Students from St Mary's College (from left) Ben Choice, Jared Swinton and Jacob Lunney have recently completed a project documenting lives of Lourdes Home for the Aged residents like Nino Marchetti.
Students from St Mary's College (from left) Ben Choice, Jared Swinton and Jacob Lunney have recently completed a project documenting lives of Lourdes Home for the Aged residents like Nino Marchetti. Bev Lacey

"Just hearing his story was one of the greatest experiences in my schooling.

"I've just gained a great respect and love for him.

Mr Marchetti, who was a tobacco grower in the Texas region before he and his wife moved to Toowoomba in 1969, said he was thrilled with the boy's efforts.

The 81-year-old said he was reluctant about the project at first.

"But once I got going I was right," Mr Marchetti said.

"There were just wonderful people."

Mr Marchetti regaled the boys with stories of his youth, including the time he got caught smoking in his first week as a student at Downlands College.

"It was a big deal back then."

Mrs Marchetti said it was obvious her husband, who was recovering from a stroke he suffered on Christmas Eve in 2010, had thoroughly enjoyed the boy's company.

"He just couldn't stop talking about the boys and how wonderful they were."

 

Toowoomba Chronicle - http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/ninos-life-story-enthrals-students-toowooma/1608701/

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