Guidance Counselor - and caller - Ron Homer reads out the following to a community room full of listeners:
That sequence of numbers and letters might sound like a secret code from a spy movie. But for a group of senior citizens and Archbishop Williams High School students anxiously awaiting the next announced Bingo combination, it could be the secret to a win!
“It’s a great program,” said Campus Ministry Director David Gilpin, who coordinates the bi-weekly event at Independence Manor, which is across from the school’s campus. “It’s good for the kids and for the seniors. It helps to bridge the gap between the generations, and they have fun doing it. Plus the kids get to talk to people and hear their stories.”
For all participants, it’s definitely a win-win situation no matter what the results of the game.
“We have fun with them,” said junior Wendy Yuan. “You can see they’re enjoying it, that they’re happy.” For freshman Andrew Berman, the experience provides “a sense of community for us.” Junior Eoin Varden, a three-year participant, enjoys what he learned from his elder competitors. “It’s great because you get to talk to these people about their lives,” he said.
The students’ presence is greatly appreciated, noted Lana Oliverio, a resident of the manor. “We love it!” she said. “It’s a good experience and makes us happy. It’s a big lift when they come over.”
Fellow resident Mary Dennehy agreed. “They’re so much fun and have so much energy,” she said. “They are all so different and they do such a good job.”
Dennehy also liked that the students bring snacks and drinks. “They get up and serve us, which is nice,” she said.
Meanwhile, it’s time for another spin of the cage, which provides a new series of letters and numbers, and for at least one lucky person, BINGO!