Fifty school-age students from Ebenezer Child Care’s Summer Blast Program recently visited with the residents of Villa St. Francis in Milwaukee as part of the “Make a Difference” Week of summer camp. In preparation for the field trip, the students made more than 100 tissue paper flowers, designed cards, and planned Bingo games with special prizes for the senior citizens. Once at the facility, the children went on a tour, presented their gifts and then played Bingo with the residents while Mr. Doug served as the official caller.
According to Sr Barbara Marie Brylka, director of Pastoral Care Services at the Villa, “The residents always enjoy visits from children and they love to play Bingo, so this was just a perfect combination and a very pleasant afternoon for all of them!”
This week, 40 pre-schoolers from Ebenezer will take the Villa St. Francis residents on a “Bear Hunt” based on a story written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. In preparation for their visit, the three- and four-year-olds are making binoculars and bear masks. According to SM Brendan Bogdan, “The seniors don’t know it yet, but they are going to be the ‘bears'”!