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April 1, 2014

Women use grant to spread sign language, song

Warbles, howls and giggles abounded at the Pace Adult Day Care in Gloucester recently.

The senior citizens and their dog Rebecca joined the children of Pathways in a “sing and sign-along” led by Wendy Manninen and Victoria Marsh.

The gleeful ensemble raised robust voices and dancing hands in a performance of favorite “golden oldies.”

Manninen said she was very pleased by the spunk with which everyone participated.

“You could see joy — and neurons — sparking in youth and elders alike,” said Marsh.

Manninen and Marsh’s cross-generational singing and signing program was sponsored through grants from the Gloucester and Massachusetts cultural arts councils.

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