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Kaari commented on g(rent)parents....

Hi Josipa,
While working in an afterschool program with a group of children (aged 5-12), I met a woman who worked at a day services home for the elderly right down the street. We connected my kids with her seniors through a pen pal project. Each child was assigned to a senior and they began writing letters, drawing pictures and sending photographs back and forth. Unfortunately, due to scheduling difficulties, we could never get the groups to actually meet. Even so, the exchange was so valuable to both groups - the children were fascinated by the stories the seniors shared about their lives and how the city we live in used to be, and the seniors glowed with the interest, enthusiasm and attention the children sent their way. I love your idea, and have seen first hand how valuable bringing the generations together can be.

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Kaari commented on g(rent)parents....

Hi Josipa,
While working in an afterschool program with a group of children (aged 5-12), I met a woman who worked at a day services home for the elderly right down the street. We connected my kids with her seniors through a pen pal project. Each child was assigned to a senior and they began writing letters, drawing pictures and sending photographs back and forth. Unfortunately, due to scheduling difficulties, we could never get the groups to actually meet. Even so, the exchange was so valuable to both groups - the children were fascinated by the stories the seniors shared about their lives and how the city we live in used to be, and the seniors glowed with the interest, enthusiasm and attention the children sent their way. I love your idea, and have seen first hand how valuable bringing the generations together can be.