At The Boulevard Senior Living – St. Charles, we are always excited to celebrate the Back-to-School season! Partnering with local schools is typically a year-long effort, but there is a special focus on the time when most students are heading back to the classroom- whether in person or virtually. We have partnered with Orchard Farms. Our residents find it easy to relate to school outreach efforts as many of them can recall a time when they returned to school as well.
Fostering these relationships helps build a sense of community among students, teachers, residents, and staff. There are plenty of advantages to intergenerational activities- such as decreasing the social and economic isolation so many seniors feel. Research has shown that seniors’ health, memory, and balance can benefit from volunteering regularly with children. Not only do these relationships benefit the older generations, but also the younger ones as well. Studies have also shown that children who interact with elders are less likely than others to start illegal drug use, will more likely have improved communication with their parents, and are less likely to experience depression. Lastly, these experiences can create timeless memories for both the seniors and children involved, such as making a new friend, trying a new game or activity, or listening to stories of each other’s life.
We plan to partner with Orchard Farms and to be there to cheer students on with words of encouragement as they walk into the building on the first day.
It is important to support a teacher’s supply wish list because teachers typically must purchase their own supplies for their classrooms, which can get very expensive very quickly. So, even if you make one small purchase, it helps them out more than you would imagine.
Orchard Farms teachers have put together an amazon classroom wish list. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/31QZYTJLGOSJ9?ref_=wl_share&fbclid=IwAR1lzn_pB_7WfDrNqcyNvmDawsfbUSF82IahuWd3sC1dksTW_a0ZG3ZaIe0&fs=e&s=cl
At The Boulevard St. Charles, we have provided many donation-based acts of service in support of the local schools. These include kid’s book drives for elementary, backpack donations for middle schoolers, and cheers of support for high schoolers.