Poetry spanning generations: Gatewood students visit The Kenney

March 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm | In Gatewood, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 4 Comments

Thanks to Michelle Riggen-Ransom for the photo taken at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), where she helped chaperone two 3rd-grade classes from nearby Gatewood Elementary this morning as they read their poetry to residents:

The poems were great, ranging in topics from soccer, writing, nature and the elusive Seattle sun. Third-grade teacher Amy Griffin did an amazing job organizing the event – the kids were very well-behaved and The Kenney residents were all smiles during and after the performance.

After the reading, children presented hand-written, original poems to their new friends. Attached is a photo I took of some of the kids, with teacher Ms.Griffin on the left. And here’s a quote from The Kenney’s Activities Director Amy Seebeck that she just sent over to Ms. Griffin: “Just wanted to thank you so much for coming today. Our residents absolutely loved having the kids here. Also wanted to extend a special thanks to those who went to our memory care unit. That was so special for them. You made our day!”

Very proud of our third-graders and a big thank you to Amy Griffin for putting together this lovely event!

4 Comments

  1. Nice article! As I said, it was a wonderful event to partner on and I hope we can continue to be involved with each other in the future!

    Comment by Amy Seebeck — 1:49 pm March 26, 2012 #

  2. What a great way to start the week! I want to thank both “Amy’s” as well as the parents who helped to facilitate this visit.
    The residents in Memory Care were blessed by the presence of the smiling, happy third graders!
    This is a wonderful beginning of what I hope can continue as a benefit to both generations!

    Warmly,

    Karlene Colletti
    Director of Memory Care
    The Kenney

    Comment by Karlene Colletti — 2:01 pm March 26, 2012 #

  3. My parents where among those who so enjoyed having these young people visit, and were quite impressed with them. Thank you very much to all who organized this multi-generational event.

    Comment by Molly — 2:40 pm March 26, 2012 #

  4. I am a parent to one of these third graders and would like to thank all those involved in putting this event together. The Kenny is an excellent West Seattle institution and hosts a number of community events. We all benefit from their presence in our neighborhood.
    I hope this becomes a tradition!
    Mary Howland-Schmitz

    Comment by Mary Howland — 8:27 pm March 28, 2012 #

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