Ahead of Mother’s Day, students from The Bridge Academy in Bridgeport volunteered to visit the Watermark Retirement Home to celebrate mothers and grandmothers in their community. Many of the Watermark residents are not able to see their own children for the holiday, inspiring the group of students to spend this quality time with them.
Over the course of the morning, the students worked with the residents to make arts and crafts projects as well as listen to the stories of their lives. It was a wonderful sight to see the residents and the students enjoying each other’s company.
The students, all of whom are in Bridge Academy’s honors program, are looking forward to a bright future and used this time with the mothers and grandmothers to pay-it-forward. Brandon, 14, has dreams of becoming a software engineer and getting into MIT. Charlene, 18, was accepted to the University of Connecticut and plans to study social work. And Alyssa, 17, wants to study either Nursing or Biology. The students say that Bridge Academy has helped them strive to do big things after they graduate, and that the school is giving them the preparation that need to accomplish their goals.
May Sancibrian, a resident and retired educator, stood up and addressed the volunteer-students. She wanted the students to, “find someone who will help you and be honest with you. If not a parent, then a teacher or a coach. Kids need someone they can trust.” Mrs. Sancibrian made it clear that community role models are an integral part of students’ success in life.
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