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Forsyth County seniors learn about recycling

Pictured left to right: (front) Mildred Cohen, Kerry Rosewall; (back) Denise Carleton, Lisa LaFayette also known as Gelsey Greenallover. (click for larger version)
August 06, 2013
CUMMING, Ga. – Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, a local nonprofit, presented their recycling program to seniors at the Senior Center at Charles Place located on Dahlonega Highway in May and July.

The center is a division of Forsyth County's senior services.

Kerry Rosewall, the center's activities team leader, said she was impressed with the program and how it impacted those who participated.

"We appreciate Reaping Nature bringing their informative and enjoyable program to the senior center," Rosewall said. "Our seniors are now much more aware of the impact we all have on our environment."

The presentations had a special meaning to Denise Carleton, Reaping Nature's founder.

Her grandmother, Angela Bellarmino, visited the center three to four times each week before she passed away in February.

"Grandma complained about the Styrofoam cups being used and their expense to the center," said Carleton. "She started to bring her own mug and others followed her lead."

Angela's friend, Mildred Cohen, had the coffee mug her late friend had given her on the table at July's presentation, making it a point to tell Carleton about it.

"Many of our seniors have brought in their own coffee mugs and reusable drink cups and contribute to our paper recycling program," said Rosewall. "It saves the center money, reduces waste, and helps the environment."

One gentleman told Carleton that during his four years in going to the center that their presentation was the best he had ever attended. "He had tears in his eyes," said Carleton. "Our lives were truly enriched by our visits. I know my grandma was smiling and proud."

Forsyth County Senior Services' mission is to be the focal point where older adults gather for services and activities that respond to their diverse needs and interests, enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage their involvement in their community.

There are three senior center locations Center at Charles Place, Hearthstone Lodge Community Center and Sexton Hall Enrichment Center in Cumming.

This article was published in the Aug. 7 issue of the Forsyth Herald.

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