In March, fourth graders will begin participating in an award-winning intergenerational program that promotes mutual respect, understanding, and friendships between elementary school students and older adults in the community, BRIDGES: Growing Older, Growing Together.
In this program, adult senior volunteers from the community visit students once a week for six weeks. Working in small groups under the guidance of the classroom teacher, the students and seniors discuss and compare life experiences, share their thoughts and observations about themselves, and enjoy learning from one another.
This can be a special opportunity for grandparents and older family friends who are special to your child to participate in his or her school life. I encourage you and your child to invite someone special to volunteer. The program is easy for volunteers to take part in and is fun and rewarding for all.
Below are the dates for the sessions. To register, volunteers should contact Kathy Lawless at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1, 2017.
Bridges Together • Memorial Elementary • 2017
Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30PM at Memorial Elementary School
Six sessions: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and April 13.
Later Reunion with students in their classrooms -- dates will be determined by each class.
Thanks very much for your support!