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Adopt-A-Senior

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

St. Joseph’s School Grade 2 French Immersion students are making some great new friends at Patricia Gardens as their class has embarked on an Adopt-A-Senior program.

Over the span of a month the class visits participating residents in the activity room of Patricia Gardens conducting interviews, doing crafts and listening to stories from the older set.

“The kids are loving the chance to interact with older folks,” said teacher Patty Wrolstad. “A lot of them are in a generation where their grandparents are in their 50s or 60s. We have one senior who is going to be 100 this summer so it’s quite an experience. They understand that times were different when they were kids.”

Wrolstad notes the older participants seem to thrive off the buzz and participation is strong in the program.

 Above: Seniors John Whyard (right) and Owen Fenwick (left) teach young Everett Edenburn and his Dad Jeff a trick or two.

Below: Ken Wade regales kids with stories about his favourite subject — fishing.

Photos by Chris Marchand

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