The Senior Nutrition Program has been providing meals to those in the program along with Bingo games. Beginning last fall, students from Our Lady of Lourdes School have been assisting the seniors each Wednesday and school officials say that they will continue to do so for the remaining academic year.
“The many benefits gained from social to cognitive are essential,” said Montserrat Arias, the OLL teacher who escorts the third and fourth graders to their weekly Bingo appointments. “Students’ empathy and compassion strengthen as well as their self esteem.”
The students said they not only enjoy spending time with their elders but that they have come to appreciate the game.
“I liked learning how to play Bingo and not get scattered,” said Landon Scofield, 9. “I get it now, when they call ‘B’ and I am finding everything.”
And CJ Roland, 10, said he learned how to listen better from attending the Bingo sessions.
The Senior Nutrition Center used to meet at the Scout Cabin, in Colusa, then at the Veteran’s hall. But since the end of January, the program has found a new home in the Morse Conference Room at the Colusa Library.
The group meet every weekday for lunch, with Bingo following immediately after.
Consuelo Lopez, a bilingual health assistant who has been facilitating the Bingo luncheons, said the seniors look forward to Wednesdays with their young helpers.
“They love to interact with them,” said Lopez.
And that interaction pays off in spades.
“I like helping that out and giving them the stuff that we win,” said Ella Duran, 9. “I like giving more to others. It’s just what I’m supposed to do.”
“I like working with my buddy and helping them out,” said Kendall Marengo, 10. “I get to play with them and spend time with them.”
Louise Woodring, who has been calling Bingo numbers for over 20 years, said it is the Colusa Lion’s Club that gives her prizes for the Bingo winners. ■