"If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old." ~ Edgar Watson Howe


National Hug Day

Today is National Hug Day, the perfect day for me to share an idea I had for an inter-generational program.
The program started with me talking to an elementary school Principal about allowing me to ask if any teachers would be interested in an inter-generational program involving a friendly competition of hugs.
Once I found a few classes that were interested I talked to the classroom about the program and the expected behavior.
Four classes agreed to schedule times and dates for their visits to the nursing home.
Each student was given "Hug Coupons" on the day of their visit. They would go and ask resident's if they would like a hug, and for every hug they gave a "Hug Coupon" was placed on a poster board assigned to each class. Near the end of the school year all coupons were counted. A party was planned for the classes that participated and each student was given a certificate with the number of hugs he/she had given. The class that gave the most hugs got a trophy. And best of all we had over 1000 hugs for our residents!



National Hugging DayTM January 21, 2010

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