By Resident Susan Richardson —
As would be expected, the Kendal float in Granville’s Fourth of July parade was planned and built by Kendal residents, all members of the older and retired generation. After some discussion, the residents’ Parade Committee decided to depict the various activities enjoyed by residents as they “celebrate the American dream.” David Bayley volunteered his truck for the project, and Jeremy Bruno meticulously built a scaffolding to line the truck that would safely hold panels illustrating these activities—both men are residents of Kendal.
But then Tom Gallant, chair of the Committee, turned to Sarah Noblett, Granville High School art teacher, to explore whether some of her students would be interested in painting the panels for us. She embraced the idea and presented it to students in her junior year art class. To the enthusiasm of the Kendal Committee, Brielle Bait, Emma Beamer, Mitchell Meikle and Karsen Mills agreed to take on the project. They painted two magnificent panels with figures swimming, hiking, bicycling, singing, exercising, and gardening, all in the patriotic colors of red, white and blue.
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The Parade Committee was extremely pleased and impressed by the artwork of the students and grateful for their help. It should be noted that the “middle” generation, members of Kendal’s staff, also contributed to the effort by joining the walkers during the parade and, in the case of Matt Rausch of the Maintenance Department, by blowing up all the many balloons attached to the float.
What seemed most important in the float effort was the satisfaction of an intergenerational collaboration, especially the connection with the young high school students who are the age of many of the residents’ grandchildren.