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Award from Parsons Community Foundation supports intergenerational program at Parsons Presbyterian Manor

A grant from the Parsons Community Foundation will allow Parsons Presbyterian Manor to expand its intergenerational program with first graders at Lincoln Elementary School. The program is the brainchild of Crystal Packard, executive director, with help from Becky Nash, life enrichment director.

“I have worked at daycare centers with an intergenerational component in the past and I’m always looking for ways to get kids involved at our community,” said Packard. “Becky has been instrumental in planning all the activities and scheduling the meetings.”

A group of Assisted Living and Health Care residents have been welcoming the first graders since the program began in March of this year. The students come to the Manor and play Bingo or participate in other games. Residents then go to the school and read books that were purchased by the Manor.

“It’s been well accepted by the school, and we plan to expand it to the entire first grade, thanks to the grant and the popularity of the program,” said Packard. “The grant will allow us to continue the program through at least next year.”

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