"The kids really enjoy it," Keese said of the program. "He's like a member of our class, to them."
She can also work reading, writing and history lessons into the program, or just let her students build social skills through interaction.
For the seniors, the visits provide a great way to get out of Delmar Place and to have a fun, active afternoon, said the community's activities director Kassi Neal. A varied routine can be beneficial to mental and physical health.
"It's great for our folks to get involved with different generations, and to learn about things that are going on to them," Neal said. "The children make their days. They look forward to coming in hours in advance."
The facility also coordinates with St. Thomas the Apostle School for students to come visit residents at Delmar Place. This year, kids from all over the area came to the Delaware Avenue community for a Halloween costume parade. Delmar Place has about 90 residents.""