The sound of children singing echoed the halls of Southfort Bend Gardens.
The Seniors and Youth Networking Community (SYNC) Program welcomed Wye Elementary for their annual Christmas celebrations, with students from Southpointe School on Tuesday.
“It’s always exciting when they come with their ukulele group and we have lots of dignitaries and special guests here, so it’s just been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Christmas together,” said SYNC co-founder Carole Bossert.
Students and seniors spent the afternoon creating cranberry ornaments, Christmas cards and singing Christmas carols.
“The connection developing between students and residents is powerful to watch,” said Bossert. “When they see each other their faces light up and their smiles are contagious. Together they’re building meaningful inter-generational relationships, which benefits everyone.”
Senior, Judith Christie lives in the lodge next to Southfort Bends and said she comes over everytime the students visit.
While students and seniors were busy with crafts, Santa Claus appeared and handed out candy canes. Bossert confessed, she still believes in Santa Claus.
SYNC was started five years ago by Bossert and Jessica Smith. It currently involves grades five and six classes out of James Mowatt, Fort Elementary and Southpointe Schools.