Local senior citizens celebrate high school seniors during COVID-19

June 3, 2020
kat simons
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For years, some communities have offered programs in which high school students ‘adopt’ senior citizens. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the shoe is on the other foot.

Since the pandemic has dampened senior-class milestones like prom, college acceptance parties and graduation ceremonies, senior citizens at Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach decided to take Cox High School seniors under their wing – complete with social distancing, of course. 

Using Birdsong tablets designed for senior living communities, they arranged ZOOM video calls with graduating seniors to celebrate, share advice and offer lessons learned from their experiences. 

For years, some communities have offered programs in which high school students ‘adopt’ senior citizens. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the shoe is on the other foot.

Since the pandemic has dampened senior-class milestones like prom, college acceptance parties and graduation ceremonies, senior citizens at Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach decided to take Cox High School seniors under their wing – complete with social distancing, of course. 

Using Birdsong tablets designed for senior living communities, they arranged ZOOM video calls with graduating seniors to celebrate, share advice and offer lessons learned from their experiences. 

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