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Bethanie Elanora have a great day out with their pen pals.

Residents from Bethanie Elanora Retirement Village recently had a fantastic day meeting up with their pen pals from South West John Calvin Christian College.

The students, from years one and two, and residents have been sharing poems, stories and letters since May 2020, as part of Bethanie’s mission to keep residents connected to the community.

The pen pals met at Bethanie Elanora Village, and enjoyed time together outside on the grass in the Village’s beautiful surrounds. It was a great opportunity for the students to see where their pen pals lived.

Bethanie Elanora Village Manager, Lyn Ferguson said: “the children ran towards their resident pen pals and gave them a big hug – the chatter never stopped!”

This was the third time the pen pals have been united. They exchanged cards, sang Christmas carols together and enjoyed morning tea. The students even made gingerbread men to share and enjoy.

Previously, the pen pals have met at the school, and then at the Bunbury Wildlife Park.

The residents had such an impact on the students that there were even a few tears before they got back on the bus and went back to school.

The initiative was started during the COVID-19 lockdown by Lyn.

She said said: “At a time when there was so much uncertainty, the pen pal project was a fantastic way for residents and students to remain engaged with their surroundings and inspire appreciation for all generations.”

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