Mitzvot from the heart: Olivia Brooks

Olivia Brooks designed art activities for residents of Covenant Place. 

Olivia Brooks, Congregation Shaare Emeth

Using her love of art, Olivia designed art activities for the residents of Covenant Place, an independent senior living facility. Having done service projects there before with her Sunday school, she found the residents to be very nice and engaging and thought they would appreciate this project.

Olivia taught the residents how to make two types of centerpieces for the dining room tables to use during celebrations. They were tissue paper flowers in terracotta pots and snowmen made out of socks and beans. 

“The residents that participated were very sweet and enjoyed me coming there,” said Olivia, daughter of Michelle and Gary Brooks of Ellisville. “They were very surprised at how well their projects turned out.”

Jessica Wax, Covenant Place activity/engagement manager, said, “It was wonderful having Olivia do her bat mitzvah project at Covenant Place. The residents enjoyed Olivia’s sweet personality as she taught them how to create the imaginative and attractive centerpieces she designed.  Covenant Place has enjoyed using them ever since.”

A student at Crestview Middle School, Olivia’s favorite type of art is graphic design. She hopes to be a graphic design artist someday and work for a logo designing company.