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Pajaro Valley High School students meet with Dominican Oaks residents

A new tradition has been born at Dominican Oaks.

For the second year in a row, students in Amy Burris. Regional Occupational Program at Pajaro Valley High School in Watsonville were paired up with residents of the Santa Cruz-based independent retirement community. On March 18, 28 students were introduced to and regaled by - and vice versa - 20 residents. The residents and students, all of whom are interested in working in the medical profession, got word of Dominican Oaks from administrator Deborah Routley, who speaks to classes about careers in health care.

Community Relations Manager Cathi Burnham and assistant Katie Smith led the students on tours of the building. The students then met up with the residents for about an hour of talking, cookies, hot spiced apple cider and lemonade in the Oaks Room.

The residents and students hit it off. The students' thank you notes includes comments such as, "You guys rock!", "You were so welcoming and lovable" and "Thank you all for sharing your stories"

Looks like the residents and students are already looking forward to next year's get together.

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