Intergenerational Programming Benefits Students and Residents
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Student volunteers of The Key Club at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Virginia have teamed up with residents at Brightview Baldwin Park for a series of intergenerational programs.
Sponsored by Kiwanis International, The Key Club visits the community on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons to partner with residents to make art, host movies, and bake. Currently, they are working together to collect stories and write memoirs. Most recently, they dyed Easter eggs.
“When students and seniors work together, something very special happens,” said Mary Long, Vibrant Living Director. “Everyone has a great time, of course – sharing laughs and getting to know one another. What’s more is that they are sharing their talents and learning from each other. It is an extraordinary collaboration.”
The students involved in The Key Club have been so impressed with their experience at Brightview Baldwin Park that a few of them have or will be applying for employment. Isaiah, for example, was recently hired in Dining Services as a Server. Welcome Isaiah.