Friday, October 10, 2008

Park Springs Members Participate in Mountain Park Elementary School Study Buddy Program

Members of Park Springs, a residential community offering a continuum of care in Stone Mountain, are imparting their wisdom on their younger neighbors. Mountain Park Elementary School is just two and a quarter miles away from Park Springs and several members have made the 30-minute weekly commitment to help children who need individual help with their reading through the Study Buddy Literacy Program.

“We try to make the program flexible to promote participation,” said Ruth Wilkes, parent, PTA member at Mountain Park Elementary School and organizer of the Study Buddy Program. “Anyone that can read, listen and offer an encouraging word is qualified to be a Study Buddy, and with Park Springs so close it seemed a natural fit. I was thrilled when several members agreed to serve as buddies.”

Several Park Springs members interested in participating in the program attended an orientation session on September 5th at Mountain Park Elementary. The volunteers were greeted with a warm reception and light refreshments. Each of them was able to choose the age of the child or children with whom they would like to be buddies, and the time per week up to an hour that they would be able to spend with their new buddies. At the end of the orientation several children participating in the program were introduced to the Park Springs members.
“Upon first meeting us they were shy, but seemed excited to see us,” said Fran Dubner, Park Springs Member and Study Buddy volunteer. “The orientation session convinced us that we could provide a useful service to the children and the school. Each of us as Park Springs volunteers look forward to our assignments and the prospect of the friendships we will develop with our new Buddies at Mountain Park Elementary School.”

The Southeast's premier residential community offering a continuum of care, Park Springs enhances life for active seniors by providing independent residences alongside extensive amenities and on-site wellness and private health care facilities. The 398-home campus-style community is situated on 54 acres surrounded by Stone Mountain Park. A 64-suite health center provides assisted living, skilled nursing and dementia/Alzheimer's care. The campus style community boasts a 50,000 square foot clubhouse serving meals in four themed dining rooms daily and a 12,000 square foot fitness center with an indoor swimming pool. The Seniors Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders named Park Springs a Platinum winner. Park Springs is developed by Isakson-Barnhart. For more information on Park Springs, call 770-879-5006, 800-267-7126 or visit

Isakson Barnhart is Georgia’s developer of award-winning residential communities for those ages 62 and better. Partner E. Andrew (Andy) Isakson first founded the company in 1982 and partnered with David Barnhart in 1987. The company has established itself as one of the most respected in Atlanta’s competitive commercial real estate market. The company’s vision to provide amenity-rich, independent living for discerning adults was born out of the personal experiences of the family of Ed and Julia Isakson after their difficult search for a community that would provide their parents with an active lifestyle combined with on-site health care. This mission manifested itself in Park Springs™, the company’s flagship property in Stone Mountain, Ga. Park Springs™ is nationally recognized by the 50+ Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders as the recipient of the 2005 Platinum Award in the CCRC Overall Community category for large CCRCs (200 or more units), as well as the Gold Award for Interior Design. In 2006, the same group awarded Peachtree Hills Place the Silver Award for CCRC On the Boards – Large, rating the Buckhead community above all other entrants.
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