Earlier this year the Bilingual Junior High School began a social engagement visitation program with the Haus der Barmherzigkeit Old People’s Home, Wiener Neustadt. It is called “Hands Across Generations” and is a part of the social competence skills promoted at the school. Every month a group of volunteer students visits the home and spends time with the residents, playing games, doing crafts and chatting. It has been a great success and the students get as much out of it as the elderly residents.
Sometimes there are special events too. At Fasching earlier this year students visited the home in carnival costumes and delivered doughnuts to the residents. In April the students performed traditional and modern dances and songs there. In June a group of students took some residents in wheelchairs to see the Lower Austrian State Exhibition at the St. Peter an der Sperr Museum in Wiener Neustadt.
On 12th October class 1d helped to brighten the walls of the dining room at the home. A group of 24 students went to work on the plain white walls to create some “Action Art” to liven up the room. The results are very impressive. The 10 and 11 year-old students demonstrated incredible creative skills and the residents have reacted very positively.
The next major activity at the Haus der Barmherzigkeit will be a Christmas Carol concert in December, performed by the Bilingual Junior High School Choir und Band. So far, this joint cooperation has proved to be so popular that the school plans to continue its good work with the project.