Canton students parade past assisted living community

CANTON, MA – With Assisted Living Communities across Massachusetts restricting visitors and schools finishing out the academic year under distance learning measures, the students at St. John the Evangelist School were missing their weekly visits to their friends at Cornerstone at Canton. That’s when Darlene McKay, Community Service Coordinator at St. John’s, decided to reach out to the Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support community to set up a special drive-by visit.

Dozens of 7th and 8th grade students at the private school participated in a car parade on May 13th, waving signs for the residents of Cornerstone, who were able to view the parade from their windows. There were also signs posted along the parade route, created by associates at Cornerstone, congratulating the graduating 8th grade students and wishing them luck.

“It really was the best of both worlds,” said Cornerstone’s Executive Director Michael Schaus. “Our residents and associates had a chance to say goodbye to the students they had been working with all year, and the St. John’s students were able to get out and spread cheer.” 

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