Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Rose Hill’s Fiesta-themed Sanctuary Celebration on Wednesday, April 17th demonstrated this adage. To help residents focus on the meaning of Sanctuary and its Seven Pillars, the day was filled with fun activities centered around integrating the message of the Sanctuary model into our daily practices and language. The day was incredibly successful thanks to the effective planning of Heather Young, Rose Hill Administrative Assist, the support of Senior Staff, the contributions of Recreation Director, Thomas Oldenburgh, and the participation of a variety of other Rose Hill staff members and residents.
The morning was divided into three activities which each of the teams cycled through. We asked each of Rose Hill’s three “teams” to express what their choice of one of two, of the seven commitments of Sanctuary meant for them. Whether their themes were non-violence, social learning, emotional intelligence, democracy, growth and change, or social responsibility (open communication was only admitted as it had been the topic of a recent art group). The residents used drawings, paints and quotes to bring forth their own interpretations. Their artwork sparked conversations about what each of these commitments fundamentally means and how they can be brought more fully to life within the Rose Hill Community and our daily lives.
Keeping with our Fiesta theme, the second group involved the culinary arts, as residents worked with the Rose Hill Dietary staff to make churros (a fried-dough pastry—predominantly choux—based snack. Churros are traditional in Spain and Portugal, from where they originate) (which were enjoyed as dessert for dinner) and sopaipillas (also known as cachanga, a kind of fried pastry and a type of quick bread served in several regions with Spanish heritage in the Americas), which served as dessert after everyone had enjoyed the lunch offering of a bountiful taco bar and other Latin-themed dishes. Appreciation to Margaret, Angie and Jackie for their patience as residents learned to read and follow an unfamiliar recipe, while using open communication to share the duties.
In the third activity, the Rose Hill bulletin boards were updated through a team effort. Residents searched through magazines to uncover words that reflected the seven commitments of Sanctuary, as well as the “tool kit,” increasing their understanding of the topics and their Sanctuary “vocabulary.”
After lunch, residents and staff enjoyed the beautiful spring afternoon, on probably the nicest day of the season so far. Afternoon festivities kicked off with pinatas for each team before Tom took the group “down the hill” for trust building activities that left residents and staff out of breath and laughing. Even that day’s newest resident was able to win prizes for his participation in addition to the multitude of candy from the broken open pinatas.
The day ended with Sanctuary-themed movies (Fearless & Antwone Thomas) and some much-needed downtime.
While Rose Hill residents were familiar with Sanctuary, which is a topic covered by Renie each day in Education, the multiple bulletin boards and occasional learning moments provided by staff, Franklin’s quote was born out. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
– Rose Hill Primary Counselor, Aron McLaughlin