October 16, 2014
Residents of Grace Care Center of Cypress display their pom poms and mums created by Cypress Falls High School students during the health care center’s first annual “Senior Homecoming” event.
Oct. 16, 2014—Students from Cypress Falls High School helped brighten the day of their neighbors at Grace Care Center of Cypress by participating in the health care center’s first annual “Senior Homecoming” event.
The Senior Homecoming served as a fall celebration for the nursing center, located across Huffmeister Road from the high school. Grace Care reached out to Cypress Falls to contribute to the partnership, and the students and staff delivered.
Students in Cypress Falls’ floral design program created Homecoming mums for the female residents, while the Golden Eagle football program donated some football jerseys for the male residents to wear in professional photos. The Golden Eagle Marching Band performed several songs in front of the facility on Thursday morning, and the cheerleading team visited in the afternoon to perform cheers for the seniors.
“This was a nice way for us to take them back down memory lane,” said Donna Martin, community marketing liaison for Grace Care Center. “We love to do things that are intergenerational, which is why we reached out to the high school. We have a good relationship with the students and the school because a lot of them volunteer here.”
Director of bands Shawn McAnear said the partnership tied in with a key theme for the Golden Eagle Marching Band.
“We have made a push this year to focus on community and the things we can do for our neighbors,” McAnear said. “This was a great opportunity for us to step out and give back to an older generation.”
Grace Care marketing director Jenna Jackson said the residents were uplifted by the support from Cypress Falls.
“It’s a morale boost for all of us,” she said. “We are in an industry where we work with people every day. We have people here from all different walks of life, and it has been great for everyone to be encouraged and have something to look forward to.”
“It’s so heartwarming,” added Martin. “It helps them to give them a sense of normalcy. What the students have done is incredible.”
Cypress Falls floral design students created 20 Homecoming mums for the female residents of Grace Care Center of Cypress to wear during the celebration.
Cypress Falls drum majors lead the marching band as residents of Grace Care Center of Cypress look on during the facility’s ‘Senior Homecoming’ event on Thursday.
Students in the Golden Eagle Marching Band perform songs for Grace Care Center of Cypress residents.
The Cypress Falls band’s performance tied in with a yearlong theme of community service.
Grace Care Center of Cypress employees dance along with the Golden Eagle Marching Band’s music on Thursday.