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In celebration of Read Across America Day, residents at Waltonwood Ashburn joined students from The Compass School in reading some of Dr. Seuss’s classics such as “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” Sponsored by the National Education Association, Read Across America Day encourages children to celebrate reading on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Waltonwood Ashburn recently welcomed the children from The Compass School. During this special intergenerational activity, residents of the senior living community and the students spent time together reading some of their favorite Dr. Seuss books. The senior living community also donated books to the school to ensure these stories can be enjoyed by students for years to come. 

“Spending time with children is definitely a highlight for our residents. These intergenerational activities like Read Across America Day are so enriching and always bring so much joy to our residents and the children,” said Justin Roberts, executive director of Waltonwood Ashburn. “We are always looking for ways to give back to the local community and are thankful for our partnership with The Compass School. 

Intergenerational activities provide many benefits to the lives of seniors, including improving their physical and mental health. The children also value the connection with the older generation and truly benefit from the relationships with the seniors. Celebrating Read Across America Day is just one of many intergenerational activities Waltonwood Ashburn plans throughout the year.

“It is very rewarding to see the seniors and children interact with one another during our visits to Waltonwood Ashburn,” said Erin Price Warren, ambassador for The Compass School. “We are focused on creating an educational environment for our students that promotes curiosity and excitement, and events like Read Across America Day at Waltonwood Ashburn help us deliver on that mission.”