The Chesapeake’s pen pal program ‘touched lives’


By Ann Lovell

For the past three years, students in Diane Bahr’s second grade class at York County’s Mount Vernon Elementary School have enjoyed getting to know residents at The Chesapeake through a pen pal program Bahr initiated with Susan LaFrance, The Chesapeake’s director of resident services.

“Some of this year’s students told me they wanted to be in Mrs. Bahr’s class because their older siblings had participated in the pen pal program,” La France said. “Some families have two and three children who have participated.”

Recognized in a session of the York County Board of Education in 2016, the program ended with the 2017 school year when Bahr retired.

“Our seniors were very saddened, especially those who have participated all three years,” LaFrance said. “This program truly touched lives on both sides.”


Ann Lovell is Corporate Director of Communications for LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes. For more information, email or call (804) 521-9192.

LifeSpire of Virginia operates four continuing care retirement communities in Virginia: The Chesapeake in Newport News, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville and Lakewood in Richmond.