Hope Students Help Senior Citizens

Sep 9, 2014 | Hope in the News

Each year, thousands of people find ways to give to the Hope Institute for Children and Families by donating money or volunteering their time.

Our students and teachers have found ways to return the favor by becoming more involved with our local community. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, a group of students made their monthly visit to Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care to join the residents there for a game of bingo.

The trip allows students to spend time with seniors, who often assist them during the bingo games.

“I think it’s great that they bring the kids here. I think it’s wonderful,” said Helen, an 84-year-old resident.

In addition to a strong involvement in the community, the trips also help students learn important skills, such as following directions, number recognition and sequences.

Teacher Laura Sandrolini said students have been visiting the nursing home for about five years. When a senior wins a game, the person chooses between a quarter, which can be used to buy a soda, or another prize. Students who win a game of bingo donate their prize to a senior of their choice. The quarters are collected during an annual drive at the Capital Area Career Center in Springfield, where Ms. Sandrolini’s class is located.

“They look forward to Hope students coming. They remember them and build that rapport with them,” said Vicki Epperson, Heritage Health community relations coordinator.

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