It was a wonderful way to boost holiday spirits. Students at École Crane have embarked on an opportunity to connect with seniors living at Riverwood Square.
In December, the grade 3 and 4 students brought hand-made cards and spent time singing holiday songs in both French and English.
“This is a beautiful card. I feel wonderful. This is very exciting for young people to visit,” shared Riverwood resident, Gerald Bitney.
The intergenerational relationships benefit both seniors and students.
“This feels like Christmas, but early. It is like you are giving something. I feel like a real friend to them,” said grade 3 student, Arah.
The group has visited a number of times this school year. In November, they marked Remembrance Day together by making poppies with the residents. The program aims to enrich the lives of both young and old by connecting generations, bringing them closer together and fostering communication.
“The residents are engaged as they chat causally to the children about school and their plans for the holidays,” shared teacher, Véronique Gibson.
“The seniors express their appreciation for the time spent together and eagerly anticipate the next visit - February 14. 2020. Parent volunteers have remarked that the students appear to be more at ease and confident with each visit. The advantages to all those involved in this community-based program, although difficult to measure, are immeasurable.”
The visits will continue well into 2020. A mini workshop on how to use Ipads, crafts and games are now in the works.
Many thanks to École Crane parents and staff, as well as Riverwood Square for making this opportunity happen.