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Preschoolers visit seniors for recreation

Posted: January 30, 2009 8:17 p.m.
Updated: January 31, 2009 4:55 a.m.

A preschooler colors for a senior at the Pacific Senior Living Center, Thursday.

 
Preschoolers from Temple Beth Ami crossed generational boundaries with their first visit to Pacifica Senior Living Center on Lyons Avenue Thursday.

Nine 4- and 5-year-olds drew pictures for the seniors and sang songs like "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," complete with hand-motions.

The preschoolers and seniors shared smiles and ate cookies as the young people explained what their drawings represented.

Four-year-old Elliott Levine drew a flying car equipped with spiky guns on the roof, he said.

"Drawing is my favorite," he said and ran across the room to give his picture to Millie, 88, who sat against the adjacent wall.

"I'm going to (display) it in my spare room," Millie said.

Five-year-old Alyssa Azani drew a pink house, she said.

"Drawing is fun because they like it," she said.

Millie enjoyed the visit, she said.

"It's so natural, nothing's put on," she said. "They're all happy and clapping their hands. They're precious."

Albert Cordova, 81, held several drawings in his hand as he watched Levine color.

"They make us feel good and happy," he said. "I never had children so they make up for that. I like to see kids."

Temple Beth Ami's preschool group will visit the center once a month. said Preschool Director Sherrie Zadok.

"The goal is to teach children that the world doesn't revolve around them and to share themselves with others," she said.

Beth Ami Rabbi Mark Blazer agrees.

"People can help at any age," he said. "It's a good lesson to not be afraid of meeting new people in new settings. We'll do this regularly."

The seniors welcome the kids' visits, said Pacifica Activities Director Stacey Zwirn.

"They bring a lot of joy to each other," she said. "I love it when the children come. The seniors are thrilled and really do enjoy it."

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