Oct. 21, 2011
Students enjoy painting with Essie Cruikshank
-- Equinox Terrace, an assisted living community located in Manchester, Vermont, recently enjoyed a visit from students at Burr and Burton Academy. These students spent the day with the residents playing games, giving manicures, and participating in art projects, like making scarecrows and painting pumpkins. It seems that fun crosses all age boundaries.
“We always look forward to having the students come to Equinox Terrace,” said Ann Bouza, executive director of Equinox Terrace. “Sometimes the students come back as volunteers on their own time after participating in the service learning project. The residents really enjoy getting to spend a fun-filled day with these students.”
Burr and Burton Academy provide their students with service days as part of their yearly curriculum. The students receive a list of activities for the day, and then register in advance to participate. This was the second service day for Spanish teacher Susan Ritchie to come with her students as a supervisor. She uses the time to catch up with her mom, resident Lib Counsell. Art teacher Lauren Silver returns as a faculty supervisor for the third time in a row. In the spring, Burr and Burton Academy send their sophomores to Equinox Terrace to participate in the program. The residents are counting the days.
Photos Courtesy of Equinox Terrace
Photo: Students Sinead Carthy and Hailey Brockett enjoy painting with Equinox Terrace resident Essie Cruikshank.