'Lasting Memories' project ends today with teenager-senior dance at Parkview

Week-long scrapbooking program developed by Christina Mitine helps seniors save memorabilia

A week-long projects called "Lasting Memories" ends this afternoon at Pleasanton's Parkview Assisted Living Home will culminate this afternoon with a Winter Senior Ball from 2-4 p.m.

Teens and seniors will celebrate their new friendships made during the project that was started by Christina Mitine.

She is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award and decided to make a difference by engaging teenagers in her project to create memorable mementos for Parkview residents. The teenagers assisted seniors in designing personal scrapbook pages.

Patricia Rawlings, activities director at the Parkview, happily agreed to assist Mitine with the project, serving as her Gold Award Project Advisor.

"Each page will mirror their most precious memories and allow all to see their once-in-a-lifetime experiences," Mitine said.

"The Pleasanton community lacks programs involving interaction among teenagers and senior citizens," she explained.

"As a Girl Scout of 10 years, my goal for my Gold Award is to make a difference in the lives of valuable members of my community -- the seniors -- many of whom have not had the opportunity to engage with teenagers," she said.

She got to know her maternal grandmother when she lived with her family for seven years, plus Mitine has volunteered at the assisted living home.

"I have created special bonds with the seniors," she said. "Watching my grandma pass away showed me the beauty of our relationship -- unique and worthy with pure happiness -- which has inspired me to take a stand and organize a bonding event."

"I intend to brighten up the days of elders through the formation of a new bond between teenagers and seniors," she added. "The more volunteers, the better."

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli


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Posted by OldTimer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 23, 2011 at 8:20 am

What a great idea Christina.

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