Senior citizens get a hands-on education

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 12, 2003

GETAWAY - If high school senior Lisa Hayes goes on to be the next Vidal Sassoon, Ironton resident Carolyn Montgomery has only one request - that Hayes takes her with her wherever she goes.

Even if Montgomery does not get to accompany Hayes to Miami Beach or Beverly Hills, at least she can say that Hayes put dreadlocks in her hair while she was still in the cosmetology program at the Lawrence County Joint Vocational Education Center.

Friday morning, the school opened its doors to senior citizens from across the county for Senior Citizen's Day where they were treated to lunch, educational programs, health screenings and cosmetic services.

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The services were done by high school students involved in vocational education programs. The school has been hosting this for approximately four years, and this year, approximately 175 seniors attended.

"It's a lot of fun for the kids," Kelli Murphy, human resources development coordinator, said. "It's a chance for them to show what they've learned and all of their skills. It also gives them a chance to interact with the community as well."

Cosmetology students such as Hayes provided the seniors with haircuts, shampoos and hairstyles, manicures, pedicures and facials.

"It's nice to do this," she said. "People like to be pampered. Their favorite subjects are themselves." "Oh, that's what I do!" Montgomery exclaimed.

Health academy instructor Christi Bare's students with 60-70 seniors coming into their classroom for height and weight and blood pressure checks, and blood sugar screenings.

"This has been a wonderful opportunity for [the students] to learn to interact with the public," she said.

for when they begin working in health care," she said.

Health academy student Katie Ison, a senior from Pedro, will be entering LPN classes when she is finished in August. She was able to show the visiting seniors how skilled she already was Friday.

"They've been really cheerful and fun to be around," she said.

The law enforcement program offered demonstrations and a video on current scams and tips on burglar-proofing homes. Some aspects of burglar-proofing include leaving the television set on and trimming shrubs so burglars will not have any place to hide.

"It's just basic, generic things you can do," James Carter, law enforcement instructor, said.

"It made you think," Ironton resident Janet Shepherd. "I have reliable neighbors, and I keep people coming and going. But, this program was very, very nice. This is my third year. I enjoy it a lot."