Eagle's Trace Residents, Barbara Bush Elementary Students Celebrate Partnership at Open House

HOUSTON, TX---As the 2011-12 school year nears its final bell, the time was right to celebrate a special partnership between generations. Eleven residents of Eagle's Trace, the Erickson Living retirement community in West Houston, serve as mentors to the first-grade classes at Barbara Bush Elementary School of the Houston Independent School District.  Twice per month, they work with the students in small groups, reviewing lesson plans and even advancing language skills. "Our residents absolutely value their time volunteering at Barbara Bush Elementary.  It is a meaningful collaboration," described Pat Osborne, a resident of Eagle's Trace and leader of its Community Outreach Committee.  "Interestingly, as we got to know each other better, some of the students asked us where we lived." In response, the group of residents partnered with the Sales and Marketing Department of Eagle's Trace to create an open house for the students and their families. In coordination with first-grade team leader Rose Ennis, the event occurred on Saturday, April 28th. Students, parents and teachers from Barbara Bush Elementary met the resident mentors and received an insider's view of the 70-acre campus, including the woodshop, fitness and aquatics centers, creative arts class room, computer room, the lake and even an apartment home.  Following the tour, the students enjoyed some delicious cookies and lemonade. Ashley Schkade, Sales Associate at Eagle's Trace, stated that "the team enjoyed working on this event with the guests from Barbara Bush Elementary and our residents.  It was fun to see the smiles and the celebration of all that they had in common.  We look forward to supporting this project for years to come." About Eagle's Trace: Eagle's Trace, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  For more information, please visit www.ericksonliving.com.