Preschool children bring National Day cheer to ASH (Hougang) residents
“I enjoy dancing and performing for the Ah Kongs and Ah Mas staying here,” shared bubbly 6-year-old Jovan Lim.
Jovan is one of 23 five and six-year-old children from MapleBear Katong who performed a medley of National Day songs for the residents of All Saints Home (ASH) Hougang. This is part of the school’s “Touch of Love” project to reach out to the community.
“We would like our children to make performing acts of love and kindness second nature at our centre. As such, through our K1 and K2 children’s National Day performance at All Saints Home Hougang, we hope to bring cheer to the elderly,” shared Evelyn Wang, Principal, MapleBear Katong.
“I like doing art and craft with the Ah Kongs and Ah Mas. It is not every day that they get to do it and we got to do it with them to show our love,” shared 6-year-old Rebecca Meyer.
“The Inter-Generational (IG) programme helps to promote social and emotional bonds between our very youngest and oldest populations. Research has shown that it promotes active living by enhancing mental and social well-being among seniors, as well as improving public perceptions and attitudes towards ageing. Through increased interactions between these generations, genuine long-term friendships are built. It also teaches the children strong values of respecting the elderly and encourages them to show empathy and display kindness,” said Michael Tay, CEO of ASH. The 155-bed Hougang Home has a monthly preschool engagement programme and works with preschools to bring their students to the Home to visit its residents.