Harmony, Quail Residents 'Fly High' With Paper Airplane Contest

Skyler Slovernick takes his paper airplane flying very seriously.

Tuesday, June 12, the incoming sixth-grader at French Ford Middle School coordinated a truly “uplifting” summer kickoff for residents at the Harmony Manor Skilled Nursing and Residential Care Community and the Quail Corner Life Enrichment Community.

Skyler hosted a paper airplane flying competition that included airplane-themed decorations, popcorn and cookies, and little paper airplane trophies. He even arrived with a tote full of already folded paper airplanes in all sorts of configurations; for those who wanted to fold their own airplanes, plenty of paper was available.

The residents assumed their flying stations down hallways or at their favorite activity tables—and then they were off! And Skyler didn’t skimp on the help or the tries. His contagious smile helped all the “pilots” feel confident; for those who weren’t quite ready to solo themselves, Skyler provided the arm muscle to help residents soar.

Following a full schedule of flights at Harmony Manor, Sherry Downard claimed first place in distance, while Michael Ann Williams took first in flight time. Over at Quail Corner, Maria Schatzl was first in distance and flight time.

“We want to thank Skyler for such a wonderful and well planned activity,” said Harmony Manor/Quail Corner Activities Director Robin Moore. “Everyone had a great time!”

Skyler’s mom, HGH Social Worker Jennifer Slovernick, said her son is a natural with the residents. “He loves volunteering,” she confirmed.

It was evident to see that Skyler, who is a junior volunteer with the Humboldt Hospital Auxiliary, feels right at home with his resident friends. Even as airplanes veered off course or didn’t quite make their flight, he was running after the flyers calling over his shoulder, “Great job! Do you want to try again?”