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 – North Royalton 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. A copy of the book will also be donated to local schools with which our community partners.
One of my fondest memories growing up is from reading Junie B. Jones books with my Grandma Margie. We shared laughs, discussed issues that troublemaker Junie B. would get herself into, and Grandma taught me how things were different compared to when she was my age. Reading is a powerful tool that can bridge the intergenerational age gap and form meaningful bonds. I believe that Story Corner will provide a way for these learning opportunities, bonding moments, and lasting memories to be built.
As a new community we are still actively working towards building a relationship with our local schools. I believe Story Corner will give us another opportunity to connect with North Royalton Schools. We also hope to use this as a chance to partner with our local library and invite them to join in on this program.
Our residents are looking forward to the opportunity to spend time with their grandchildren and children from around the North Royalton area. They continue to enjoy events that are focused on bringing families and friends together, especially if there are snacks involved.
Many of our residents had fond memories of reading Christmas stories to their children and grandchildren. The Night Before Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and The Story of Jesus, being some of their favorite Christmas stories to read.
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® North Royalton in North Royalton, OH offers 55+ villas, senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include Weatherby’s Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Comfortably located right on York Road just moments from a wide range of shopping, dining, and attractions.
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