Garden Terrace residents team up with local students to carve Halloween pumpkins

Pictured above, Garden Terrace residents and Holy Trinity Catholic High School students spent the afternoon of Oct. 31 carving pumpkins.

Intergenerational activity results in fun and laughter for everyone

A group of 24 students from Holy Trinity Catholic High School stopped by Garden Terrace on Oct. 31 to help residents carve pumpkins and get into the Halloween spirit ahead of the annual party at the Kanata long-term care home.

Sylvia Monette, Garden Terrace’s life enrichment co-ordinator, says the pumpkin-carving activity proved to be an excellent way to bridge the generational gap. The event was also a lot of fun for all participants, she adds.

The home was already decorated and there was spooky Halloween music playing for the party that evening which helped set the mood, Sylvia notes. Some of the students arrived in costumes.

Sylvia says it was encouraging to see the residents and students sharing stories and laughing together while carving pumpkins.

The atmosphere of fun and laughter created by intergenerational programming is one of the benefits to the community partnership Garden Terrace has with Holy Trinity Catholic High School, she says.

“The students were full of fun and so kind to everyone,” Sylvia says. “Holy Trinity visits always prove to be a wonderful time for our residents.

“We love having them visit. I am so happy that they came out to spend time helping our residents prepare for Halloween.”

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