November/December 2020 Issue
October 18, 2020

Suffolk union’s road show shifts gears

Source: NYSUT United
Caption: Christina Bosco Langert, chair of Professors on Wheels, loads enrichment boxes into her car for delivery to Suffolk County seniors in residential or assisted living facilities. Photo provided.

Members of the Faculty Association of Suffolk Community College, who had to stop presenting their popular Professors on Wheels classes to seniors in local assisted living facilities due to the pandemic, found a different way to continue to bring joy to these seniors’ lives: enrichment boxes.

Led by FA member Christina Bosco Langert, the local put together boxes filled with items to keep residents stimulated during their time of isolation. Each enrichment box included large-print puzzle books; boxes of pen and paper; adult coloring books with boxes of crayons, markers and colored pencils; playing cards; books and magazines on a range of subjects; board games and puzzles; DVDS; foam crafts and art supplies; and a letter of well-wishes on behalf of the FA. The boxes were delivered to seven long-term care facilities.

“We’ve all seen the news reports of seniors who haven’t been able to see their family members or receive visitors of any kind,” Langert said. “They need our care now more than ever.”

Dante Morelli, president of the FA, said the local union is working on building a YouTube channel that can be watched in nursing homes with programs to enrich minds and bodies.