Helen and Harold Poole, the newest members of the Covenant Village of Florida family, celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary last month, and on Valentine’s Day they joined fellow residents for the annual dance, where students from Calvary Christian Academy’s jazz band and a cappella group performed music from yesteryear.
“This is the generation that really appreciates the music,” said Rochelle Frederick, Calvary Christian Academy’s instrumental teacher. “I like the students to perform for them, and the students work harder because they want to sound great for the residents.”
Covenant Village resident Lynda Kyse, who danced with fellow residents and students alike, said, “The kids are awesome. I love the dancing and I love the music.”
After the dance, students passed out Valentine’s Day cards made by Calvary Christian Academy’s grade school students. And, Helen and Harold shared their secret to 71 years of marriage and a long, healthy life. “God’s guidance and mutual respect,” they said, adding, “It’s important to surround oneself with good friends, to live a life of purpose and to interact with young people.”
Covenant Village Executive Director Doug Fennema said,“Our partnerships with local schools and universities are invaluable. By bridging the generations, each is learning from the other, and we’re building a stronger, more cohesive community – one that creates joy and allows people of all ages to live a life of purpose.”