Local teens and seniors work together to plant organic garden
Cherry Hill, NJ – On July 3rd, over a dozen 14-year olds from the Katz Cherry Hill’s Jewish Community Center (JCC) Camps in Medford, NJ engaged in meaningful community service as they worked side by side with seniors from the (relatively new) Spring Hills Cherry Hill Luxury Assisted Living Community on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, NJ on the site of the former Sheraton Poste Hotel. With plenty of chilled water to refresh them on a hot summer day, the kids and seniors planted fruits and vegetables that would be used in the kitchen by Executive Chef Norman Weiler in preparing dishes for the seniors.
Julie Warshauer, Children and Family Coordinator of the JCC said, “This experience had double the benefits for the kids from camp. They not only had a great opportunity to be involved in an intergenerational program with the residents, they were also gardening and sustaining the environment. It was the perfect example of Tikun Olam, making the world a better place.” Â Emily Sohn, 14, of Lumberton said, “It gave me lots of insight into nature and how easy it is to grow plants. It was great how the seniors taught us.” And, her friend Rachel Smith, 14, of Cherry Hill, said, “This is amazing. We get to socialize with older people. It’s just fun and makes you feel good, too.”
Photographed here from left to right are: Emily Sohn, 14, Lumberton, NJ, Donald Kootz, resident of Spring Hills Cherry Hill and Jordan Hendricks, 14, Lumberton.
The organic food that is farmed is an added benefit of the Spring Hills Senior Communities Signature Touches Dining program, which offers a broad range of menu items daily, specially created to address the specific dietary needs of seniors. Â Spring Hills Senior Communities embraces a holistic approach, promoting wellness from within. Â Good nutrition is a means to enhance one’s inner spirit, and Signature Dining is one component of this commitment. Â The Spring Hills Cherry Hill Luxury Assisted Living Community provides assisted living and memory care with the finest amenities and is located at 1450 Marlton Pike East in Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. For more information, visit www.springhillscherryhill.com or call 856-874-7700