Slate Valley Center recognizes National Polar Bear Day with a ‘cool’ program

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(Left) Resident Joan Hall, 80, from Ticonderoga is all smiles after receiving her own polar bear, and (right) 63-year-old Eva Barrett from Queensbury poses with hers. (Photos courtesy of Slate Valley Center)

Because Feb. 27 was National Polar Bear Day, residents at Slate Valley Center in Granville had an educational event on that day as they learned about and enjoyed everything there is to know about one of the earth’s strongest mammals.

Residents completed activity sheets and viewed an informative documentary on polar bears. The recreation team also gave each resident their very own little polar bear that they could hang up or just have on their dressers.

“It’s always great doing fun things, but many programs can be educational as well as being fun,” said recreation director Andrea Kelley. “I have learned in my life that people are fascinated by polar bears.”

In addition, Slate Valley Center residents have also been enjoying the return of in-house animal therapy after a long time without it due to Covid precautions in place for the past few years.

“It goes without saying that animals bring a lot of joy to everyone,” said Kelley.