A four week virtual pilot project between Winston Churchill Public School and Providence Care’s Adult Day and Overnight Stay Care program may be over, but everyone involved is still humming a sweet tune.
Laura Scott, a local musician and volunteer with the school and Providence Manor, was the mastermind behind the program called Intergenerational Class.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic Scott would bring students to the long-term care home to serenade seniors, but the visits were put on hold for safety reasons.
Scott applied for a grant to remix the sessions into virtual ones featuring Grade 4 and 5 students.
“We met once a week for an hour starting in May. Laura played on the piano or ukulele and some of the kids performed on their recorders. We would sing together, do some movement exercises and dance, and even share stories,” explained Beth Bruce, Adult Day Coordinator.
“Our clients loved the program! They enjoyed watching the kids and interacting with them. Everyone really loved telling jokes to each other too!”
But they did more than just make music together. They made lasting memories.
And they’re not done jamming out just yet, there’s already talks of a reunion tour this fall.