Seniors, students team up


Jewel Callahan's golfing partners were no match for her Thursday morning.

"She was pretty good," said Christian Garcia, 10, one of Callahan's partners. "She made three (golf balls), and I think that's awesome."

Callahan, a resident at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab, was one of about a dozen senior citizens who participated in the care center's Junior/Senior Games on Thursday with fourth-graders from Sunset Elementary School.

Callahan, who has been at Sandrock for four months, said she liked the event because she got to get outside and play with the children.

"I think this is wonderful," Callahan said as she watched her partners putt. "These children, they're beautiful."

Thursday's event was the first of its kind at Sandrock since the facility re-opened in 2004.

Tracey Behrman, recreation director at Sandrock, said she hopes to make the Junior/Senior Games an annual event.

Having children come to the facility and play games such as crochet, golf and horseshoes with the residents is a good way to bridge the gap between young and old, she said.

"It's a good intergenerational program," Behrman said.

Plus, the games give the residents a chance to get outside and get some exercise, she said.

Jim Vorhies, a fourth-grade teacher at Sunset, said the games are a chance for the students to be in charge and help the seniors.

"I like seeing the kids be responsible," he said.

The games also are a chance for the students to brighten up the day for the seniors, he said.

"I hope that they make the seniors happy," he said.

For Sandrock resident Marie Switzer, the children from Sunset did just that.

"There are kids here, and they make it fun," Switzer said after playing croquet with her partners, Dylan Villa, 10, and Colten Yoast, 9.

Switzer said playing croquet was fun, but playing with Villa and Yoast made her day.

"I had two good partners," she said.

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