Residents over the age of 60 can get a permanent golden pass, which is good for life. This allows senior members to attend sporting and cultural events for free.
IRMO, SC – In an effort to help seniors become socialized, Lexington-Richland School District is giving 5 free Gold Passes to residents over the age of 60.
Seniors are required to fill out a form and take their photo to receive the card.
This card, which is similar to a credit card, helps them participate in sporting and cultural events. This is good for students, says Laura McKelvin of the school district.
“We know that when the stands and seats are full at all events it makes students feel good knowing they are supported and then it can help them learn and grow in our schools,” she said.
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It is also a way for residents to interact with the community. Danny Garnett says his sons used to play sports in the area.
“I still remember it well,” he said, “but they’re all grown up now…married…so I still enjoy going and seeing some of the coaches who were there when my sons were there.”
Some can hold back even further. Debra Knight came with her husband and the duo got their passes together.
“I was in the band – I won’t tell you how many years ago,” said Knight. “So I really enjoy going and watching them.”
While residents can recall old memories, they can also meet new people and reconnect with old friends.
“Sometimes when you come in, it’s good to remember how my sons used to play,” Garnett said. “But it’s also good to see people I haven’t seen in a while.”
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Not only does the card make events easily accessible, but resident Darlene Mason says it’s convenient.
“You don’t have to stand in a long line,” she said. “You can just walk and show those who pass and go forward.”
And it’s completely free. The card is permanent, which means it lasts a lifetime.
Robert Byrd said he heard about him and Nate from their daughter.
‘She said ‘Go there and get it.’ And I said ‘How much is that going to cost?’ And she said ‘No, it’s free’ and I said ‘Wow! that’s cool. That’s cool,” Baird said.
For McElveen, she says the area sees the free passes as a way to say “thank you” to senior members of the community.
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“The elderly in our community are already volunteering in our schools, have invested in our schools and have grandchildren and have children in our schools,” McIlvin said. “So we just want to strengthen and encourage that relationship that we have with our community members and give them a way to come and support our students and support our schools.”
If you want to get your permanent pass, you can stop at 1020 Dutch Fork Rd. Wednesday from 9 am to 12 noon
If you cannot do this, you can visit the district administration building at any other time of the year to obtain a temporary permit. This card is printed on paper and won’t last long, but it will work until next year when permanent cards are available again.