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One Honey of an Opera

Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera had the Bucyrus Campus buzzing during their March 6th visit. As part of their Opera on the Go! program, the Florentine Baumgartner Studio Artists performed a world-premiere opera based on the SHARP Literacy story, “A Busy Bee.”

The sweet saga tells the story of Bella the honeybee and the adventures she undergoes while trying to find her place in the hive. The theme reflects a bit of wisdom St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care is based on—everyone has a purpose, a reason that is true, a very special something that only you can do.

Throughout the opera, Queen Camille and Bella’s bee friends try to help her find her special calling. In the process, the audience learns about the various roles needed to keep the hive functioning, and the importance of teamwork. Finally, Bella discovers that when you “try, try, try” and encourage one another, you can accomplish your goal…which for her was becoming a flower scout and keeping her colonywell-stocked with nectar and pollen.

St. Ann Center’s children and adults were bee-witched by the voices of four artists-in-residence–soprano Rachel Blaustein, alto Ashley Puenner, tenor Edward Graves and bass, Nathaniel Hill. The opera was composed by Ruben Piirainen, Florentine opera staff accompanist.

Sr. Edna Leads State Assembly in Prayer

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, Sr. Edna Lonergan had the honor of leading the opening prayer during a session of the Wisconsin State Assembly. The invitation came from our 20th Assembly District Rep. Christine Sinicki.

To reflect the spirit of St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, Sr. Edna called on our adult clients and children to assist in composing this special prayer:

Prayer from an Intergenerational Day Care

As president of an intergenerational day care, I am fortunate to have the wisdom of several age groups to call on—from 2-year-old toddlers on up to elders in their nineties.   When I was deciding what to share with you today, I thought it would be a good idea to ask some of the adult clients and the children in our day programs about their dreams and prayers for our state and our world.

  • Barry, 56, said: I always pray that we can put our differences aside and realize that we are all part of the vast creation of the Almighty.
  • Emmitt, 4, said:  Everybody should have warm blue hats and blue mittens to wear. And everybody should be able to play with babies.
  • Judy, 67, said: My dream would be to have more houses for the homeless. There are too many people living in shelters or on the streets.
  • Sophia, 4, said: My prayer is for people to get along and always share their toys.
  • Madeline, 51, said: I’d like to see violence stop in our cities and an end to all shootings and speeding.
  • Lamar, 6, said: I pray for us kids to be able to go outside by ourselves, and ride around the block on a bike.
  • Rory, 4, said: It would make our state better if people would stop throwing garbage on the floor and recycle.
  • Willie Mae, 72, said: My prayer would be for improved businesses… and politicians who carry out what they say they’ll do.
  • Cameron, 3, said: I’d like a big water park, and also more toys, like firemen and super heroes.
  • Sammy, 28, said:  Things would be really, really better if no one was a bully.
  • Kaydon, 6, said: I’d like everyone in Wisconsin who’s a good person to get lots of ice cream.
  • Josiah, 7, said: I want to see people be nice to each other and never fight.
  • Betty, 69, said: My prayer is for less racial tension – I’d like to see that ease.
  • Lucy, 4, said: I’d love for every universe to have a cat and a special day when it rains tacos.
  • Jason, 7, said: I dream of a place where people don’t ever say bad words to other people.
  • Terry, 67, said: I pray everybody would have jobs and people wouldn’t have to pay high taxes.
  • Noah, 4, said:  I wish that kids and older people all over could play together and have fun.
  • Kevin, 61, said: My prayer is that we learn to listen and respect one another. Then there would be no more wars.
  • Asher, 4, said:   I would pray for love.

Then Rosemarie, 36,  one of our St. Ann Center staff and a member of the Oneida Tribe, shared a prayer that I hope will inspire and guide you in your important work this afternoon.

Creator, open our hearts to peace and healing among all people.

Creator, open our hearts to protect and provide for all the earth’s children, elders and people with disabilities.

Creator, open our hearts to respect for the earth and all the gifts of the earth.

Creator, open our hearts to the end of exclusion, violence and fear among all.

Thank you for the gifts of this day and every day.


This prayer showcases the values of St. Ann Center. Learn more about our intergenerational mission. 

Angel Wings Intergenerational Craft Photo Gallery

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A Thanksgiving Feast for All Ages

This Thanksgiving, along with pumpkin pie and football games, another tradition was observed at St. Ann Center—the second annual Intergenerational Thanksgiving Lunch. The adults and children who spend their day at our Stein and Bucyrus Campuses sat down together for a harvest feast with all the fixings.

The all-ages Turkey Day was first held last year as a way to celebrate St. Ann Center’s intergenerational family. It was such a hit, childcare teachers, CNA’s and the kitchen staff decided to go back for a second helping of fun this November.

The action kicked off at the Bucyrus Campus with a performance by the Intergenerational Choir of the praise song “Making a Way.” The 1-1/2-year-old Chameleons joined in—dancing and twirling colorful ribbons in a routine choreographed by Miss Cathy, a client and former dance instructor.

The sunny Intergenerational Park was abuzz with conversation between kids and adults, discussing everything from their holiday plans to favorite Thanksgiving dishes. The kids got a chance to use their well-practiced table manners as they joined the adults for a lunch of turkey and gravy, green beans, candied yams, rolls and cornbread stuffing.

Meanwhile, across town, there was a whole lot of gobblin’ going on all over the Stein Campus. The Bumblebees joined the adults from Senior Wellness for turkey with all the trimmings. Before digging in, the kids shared what they were thankful for. Logan, age 5, is thrilled St. Ann Center has a ball pit, and Lucy’s glad she has a baby sister. Noah’s thankful for his TV and the garden he planted this summer—complete with carrots and a cookie bush. “Having the kids here makes us feel young,” said Colette about the intergenerational meal. “I don’t have grandkids of my own. So this is especially nice.”

Out on the veranda, the 2-year-old Monarchs got into a discussion with their adult friends about their favorite desserts. Choices ranged from pumpkin pie to mint ice cream to red Jell-o with whipped cream on top. Downstairs, the Butterflies wrapped up the feast with a stroll through the adult unit, shaking hands and wishing everyone “Happy Thanksgiving!”