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Youth Service Day Celebrated With Ketchikan Seniors


April 25, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - Over 55 kids and elders from Boys and Girls Club, Ketchikan Pioneers Home, Alaska Community Services, and Ketchikan Youth Court took part in an effort to celebrate National Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 22nd. The Intergenerational Party held monthly at the Pioneers Home provided a perfect opportunity for the youth of Ketchikan to do something special for its residents.

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Ketchikan Youth Court members prepare to plant flowers with Seniors.
Photo courtesy Ketchikan Youth Court

After Ketchikan Youth Court received an announcement that it would have a grant specifically remarked for this Service Day, it was Ketchikan Youth Court Board of Directors' wish to give something to the residents of the Ketchikan Pioneers Home and Ketchikan General Hospital's Long-term Care Unit. Plants and flowers were choice by Ketchikan Youth Court for the youth and Seniors to plant together.

Saturday's weather slightly hampered the number of residents who could take part in planting the flowers; however, while some hovered inside watching from the windows, a few braved the conditions to plant spring flowers on the upper garden section of the Pioneers Home.

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Saturday's weather didn't hamper the joy experienced by those participating.
Photo courtesy Ketchikan Youth Court

According to Gretchen Klein director of the Ketchikan Youth Court, "Everyone enjoyed hot chocolate and snacks furnished by Alaska Community Services and the Pioneer Home during annual games of bingo. Gary Morris representing the Boys and Girls Club called out the bingo numbers in the activity room. It was great to see so many young children, teenagers, and seniors having a good time together. KYC member, Amanda White took the opportunity to use her talents to play tunes on the piano."

The event which has been taking place for the last year as a joint effort with Alaska Community Services, Boys & Girls Club, Ketchikan Pioneers Home, and most recently adding in the Ketchikan Youth Court to gather youth and seniors together in fun activities.

"Thank you to all the members of Ketchikan Youth Court and Boys and Girls Club who came through, and made me so proud. This is what makes our programs unique. Giving back to those who have given us so much!", said Gretchen Klein who is also the local coordinator with Alaska Community Services.



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