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Published on December 11, 2014

St. Benedict's Senior Community and Clearview Elementary Receive Community Partnership Award

Care Providers of Minnesota recognizes intergenerational program at statewide convention

St. Cloud, Minn. – St. Benedict's Senior Community announced they were a recipient of an award for their Intergenerational Program with Clearview Elementary school.  Both St. Benedict's Senior Community and Mrs. Coulter from Clearview Elementary school were recognized at Care Providers of Minnesota’s annual convention, held earlier this month in Minneapolis. The Community Partnership Award recognizes the efforts of a Care Providers of Minnesota member to create a partnership with a community group or organization that is outside of the care profession, which improves the quality of life for residents and tenants.

For the past four years, Mrs. Andrea Coulter, a teacher at Clearview Elementary School, and her 4th grade students have been coming to St. Benedict’s Senior Community (SBSC) to visit with residents. Twice a month, the 4th graders are paired with a resident, and they spend time together reading books, doing arts and crafts, and sharing stories. The program has made a tremendous impact on the residents and the students.

Last year, when funding for the intergenerational program ended, SBSC reached out to its donors to help support the transportation costs.  The response was overwhelming, and resulted in enough funds to support this program for another four years!

Accepting the award for St. Benedict's Senior Community was Christine Bakke, Care Center Administrator, and Hilary Studenski, Therapeutic Recreation Assistant.  Andrea Coulter accepted on behalf of Clearview Elementary. The awards were presented during a keynote presentation, which was part of the three-day educational convention for long-term care providers. Presenting the award was Patti Cullen, president and CEO of Care Providers of Minnesota; and Tom Pollock, administrator, Park River Estates Care Center and Board of Director’s Chair, Care Providers of Minnesota.

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