Volume 18 • Issue 15 | September 01 - 08, 2005

Chinese Planning Council student Anna Kung, of Chinatown, enjoyed a music therapy program with Po To Chan, also of Chinatown, a resident of Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Teens volunteer and cheer seniors

An enthusiastic and articulate team of bilingual Chinese-American teens made summer much brighter for Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation residents, especially those of Chinese descent. Five young people in the Chinese Planning Council’s New York City Summer Youth Employment program devoted seven weeks of their school vacation time to assisting residents of the nonprofit, 240-bed, skilled nursing facility at 542 E. Fifth St. The high schoolers from Chinatown and Brooklyn played endless games of mah jong or chess, translated in therapeutic games, pitched in with adaptive sports and transported residents to religious services. They also wrote an original skit based on “The Three Little Pigs,” which they performed for the residents in both Chinese and English.


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