Seeing these kids getting involved in their communities is very nice to see. I have a real appreciation for the inter generational programs. I can remember doing something similar when I was a kid. My Boy Scout troop sang Christmas carols to seniors at a local nursing home. The smiles and happiness were priceless. Whether reading or singing to seniors, we all know they love the time and attention paid. Keep up the great work kids!
Princess Wilson, 12, of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area, reads on Monday to Roberta Ganey, resident of Piney Forest Health and Rehabilitation Center in Danville.
Brenda Bethel listened while middle-school student Micah DeShazor read Dr. Seuss.
It was the story time classic “Ten Apples Up on Top,” and Bethel watched from her wheelchair as the 12 year old from Bonner Middle School read on.
“I like when they read,” the 66-year-old woman said. Bethel, who lives at Piney Forest Health and Rehabilitation Center in Danville, was one of more than a dozen residents at the assisted living facility who got to enjoy hearing the written word from several members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area on Monday afternoon.
“They read real pretty,” she said. “It was a pretty story, what they read.”
Sixteen Boys & Girls Clubs members – called “Little Big Hearts” and in grades ranging from third to eighth – have visited Piney Forest and read to its residents about three times in the last 18 months.
“It’s a way for them to see giving back to the community,” said Tell Fritzler, director of annual fund and special events with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area. “It teaches them compassion and empathy.”
For the residents, it’s an opportunity to interact with the children, said Cherie Barnes, activities director at Piney Forest Health and Rehab.
Source: Children read story classics, brighten moods at assisted living facility
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