Wonderful Wednesdays

Written by Joy Porter, AU student and CCE Fellow.

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Left side of table (foreground to background): student Maggie Ingram, Ruby Morgan, student, Virginia Scroggins, David Williams, Georgia Grazier, student Aaron Right side of table (foreground to background): Ruby Lockhart, Whitney Sanford , student Jessica Davis, Charlotte Mattox, Ms. Annie, student Mary Katherine Dean, Mattie Ogletree, Edward Echols

‘Wonderful Wednesdays’ is a really great program Auburn University students are doing with the Public Housing Authority.  For this project, we’re working with Ms. Mattox, and we meet in the Porter Center, in the Porter Public Housing Neighborhood (on Porter Road, which is right off North Donahue Drive). Each Wednesday afternoon from three to four-thirty, we get to hang out with the coolest senior citizens around— drinking coffee, eating cookies, and playing games.

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Left to right: student Whitney Sanford, Virginia Scroggins, David Williams, and student Jessica Davis

This past Wednesday, was our third Wonderful Wednesday of the semester with the residents of the Porter neighborhood. From three to four-thirty, we got to hang out with the coolest senior citizens around— drinking coffee, eating cookies, and playing games. Last week we had an extra treat: Chick-fil-a milkshakes!

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Foreground, left to right: Ruby Morgan, student Maggie Ingram, Princella Owens, Ruth Lockhart Background, left to right: Edward Echols, Mattie Ogletree, student Mary Katherine Dean, Ms. Annie, Charlotte Mattox, student Jessica Davis

We set up three different game stations, with tables designated for Uno, Phase 10, and dominoes. Every so often, we’d switch games, so that everyone was able to play each game for a little bit. Dominoes are probably the favorite so far—these games, full of some (good-natured) trash-talking, can get pretty competitive! The Porter residents have also said they enjoyed getting to learn some new games like Uno and Phase 10.

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Left to right: Georgia Frazier, student Aaron (partially shown), Edward Echols, Mattie Ogletree, student Mary Katherine Dean, Ms. Annie

All in all, it was a really fun afternoon, and I think we all really enjoyed the chance to spend some time with our neighbors and get to know each other better. If you’re interested in learning more about this project, contact Charlotte Mattox at cmattox@auburnhousingauth.org, or me, Joy Porter, at jmp0038@auburn.edu.

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