Senior Enrichment Day encourages lifelong learning

Classrooms and hallways at Big Rapids High School were filled with inspiration and creativity as senior citizens from the community tried their hand at a number of different activities during the annual Senior Enrichment Day on Wednesday. Whether it was burning intricate designs into smooth blocks of wood, planting succulents into ribbon-adorned jam jars or spinning across the auditorium stage during ballroom dancing lessons, those in attendance proved learning is a lifelong journey.

The day not only offers residents and guests of the community an opportunity to experience many new activities they may not have had the chance to try before, but it also is a day filled with laughter and smiles as people share stories with friends they’ve known for many years or people who were strangers only hours before.

Volunteers and members of the organizations responsible for bringing this day of activity to the community, including the Mecosta County Commission on Aging Senior Center, dedicate their efforts to making this day a success.

They may be tasked with sitting at tables to give participants information, teaching one of the many informational classes, such as using mobile devices or learning habits for staying healthy, or simply helping people find their way, but no matter what their role, these volunteers give their all to making the event something truly special for participants.

It is this commitment to making the day memorable that keeps participants coming back each year. Many in attendance on Wednesday said they are already excited for next year.

All of the people involved in this event, from the volunteers to the participants, make the annual Senior Enrichment Day one of the many wonderful parts of this community and will continue to inspire us all to enjoy lifelong learning in years to come.

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