Dot Timmins of Goonellabah and Lismore South Public School captain Racquel Smith, 11, along with students and seniors who took in the Lismore City Council-funded Blooms that Bond project.
Dot Timmins of Goonellabah and Lismore South Public School captain Racquel Smith, 11, along with students and seniors who took in the Lismore City Council-funded Blooms that Bond project. Marnie Johnston

Kids and seniors bloom and bond

TODAY a very special project from some curious kids from Lismore South Public School and some eager seniors from St Carthage's Community Care Seniors Day Club came to a close.

The Blooms that Bond project, funded by Lismore City Council, saw 10 children from Lismore South Public School give up their lunchtime each fortnight for the last two school terms to visit the seniors day club where they worked together to establish a beautiful area in the back garden of the Goonellabah Community Centre.

The finished work shows an easy-care garden, gorgeous mosaics, clay works, and a compost bin, said Tracy Clement from St Carthage's.

"It's been a very insightful and moving experience watching the natural interaction of these two generations. It was heart-warming to watch bonds develop and see the members take ownership of this project," she said.

"To see the pride in their faces at what we have all achieved together has made the hard work all worthwhile. It's been a mammoth effort with an inspiring result."

Eleven-year-old Racquel Smith, one of the participating students and school captain of Lismore South Public School, said the best part of the project was getting to work with new people and share stories through generational gaps.

"It's been really fun. They're all very nice people," she said.

All the students and the participating seniors said they were very happy with the results of the project.



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