Central Florida students link with Orlando seniors with arts support

Seniors and students will team up in a mutually enriching initiative at Watercrest of Lake Nona planned for fall 2016, thanks to the senior citizens residential organization’s partnership with Orlando-based Orange County Public Schools (OCPS).

Watercrest will sponsor community fundraisers to boost financial aid for musically talented students aiming for participation in regional and state ensemble events. Its residents will serve as mentors for the students to encourage them to pursue their goals by creating relationships, establishing communication and attending the students’ performances.

Scott Evans coordinated the partnership as senior administrator of OCPS Visual and Performing Arts, providing a bridge for multiple generations to support one another and encourage their passion for the arts. OCPS students are provided quality instruction in dance, instrumental and vocal music, theater and visual arts.

“The many benefits enjoyed by communities where intergenerational programs are embraced are well known and documented; this is yet another example of Watercrest’s passion to foster meaningful relationships within each community we serve,” Mariola Rodriguez, a director at the facility, said.

The intergenerational enhancement is a product of the Watercrest Senior Living Group’s Common Unity Initiative, which advocates for community service and enrichment through continued education, a pledge to serving others and fulfilling hometown needs.


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