October 21, 2022
Planetary Scientist Carl Sagan once said, “One of the greatest gifts adults can give – to their offspring and to their society – is to read to children.”
Putting books into the hands of children and forming meaningful intergenerational relationships is a priority for Arrow Senior Living communities! To support our efforts, we have launched what we call “Arrow Story Corner.” Each month a resident records the reading of a children’s book that highlights an “Arrow Tradition,” and these stories are shared online for all to hear. This tradition has grown from our company-wide Black History Month Story Corners, where residents all around Arrow Communities read children’s books highlighting black figures in history.
To support small businesses and literacy efforts, we host a fundraiser and partner with the EyeSeeMe Children’s Bookstore to purchase and donate copies of the books we read to local schools, and then a portion of our fundraising efforts also support The EyeSeeMe Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to create programs that increase childhood literacy for under-served communities and to promote African American History and multicultural literature that will increase respect and tolerance for diverse cultures.
This month, Vitalia Active Adult Community – Montrose is taking things a step further and embarking on the adventure of monthly Story Corner events in our community. One of our very own residents will read the Story Corner book of the month to children, as well as other residents, and share in a craft event and snack time. The featured book will then be added to our community library for residents to read to visiting grandchildren and a copy of the book will be donated to local schools with which our community partners.
In today’s culture where so many grandchildren live greater distances away from grandparents, these intergenerational relationships provide a valuable sense of family. The beauty, wonder, and adventure that comes from sharing stories teaches our elders they are truly valuable and have so much to give. Prioritizing meaningful time with our youngest generation shows them they are important and a vital part of our world!
We are excited to continue building our school partnerships this year with local elementaries, as well as high schools. We find it very important to show support to those students by creating opportunities to connect, such as the Story Corner series and monthly Arrow Traditions campaigns. Our residents look forward to events including children and teens, so we work to maintain these relationships year around.
Residents have enjoyed the monthly Story Corner series. It allows them to see fellow older adults sharing literature with children in a new and exciting way, with the use of YouTube. We look forward to what book is next each month and love to learn about the various topics.
Many of our children and grandchildren grew up on the Doctor Suess and Peter Rabbit books passed down through the generations, until they were worn and torn from all the love! For a beautiful children’s book illustrating the special relationship between generations, try The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and Chris Raschka. Another sweet story is Here Comes Grandma! by Janet Lord.
All our Arrow communities encourage adults to give the gift of reading to youngsters. The relationships formed during the time spent between the reader and listener can be life changing for both generations.
VITALIA® Montrose in Copley, OH offers 55+ villa homes, senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include The Crest Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Comfortably located right in the heart of town, just southwest of the intersection of Hwy 77 and Medina Road, residents enjoy convenient access to a wide range of local shopping, dining, attractions, and medical services.
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