Second-Graders Visit OHCA Member in School Pilot Program
OHCA Member in School Pilot Program
For the past month, a
group of second-grade students from Drake Elementary School has been visiting
OHCA Member Crystal Waters Retirement Community in Strongville, Ohio each
Wednesday as part of an intergenerational learning program, a pilot project the
school district is pushing to provide an alternative way for students to learn.
Called "The Story of Our Lives," the program fulfills numerous
academic requirements, from interviewing to research ideas to social studies.
Each Wednesday morning, the students are taken by bus from their school to the
nearby Crystal Waters facility. They're each matched up, one-on-one, with a
senior resident in the activities room of the retirement center. The students
interact with their senior for several hours each visit and create a living
biography. Crystal Waters raised money through a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to
cover all costs of the weekly outing. Kids and seniors in both groups look
forward to the weekly meetings. The school district hopes to continue the
"Story of Our Lives" program next school-year and invited other
districts to adopt similar intergenerational learning projects. The story was
recently featured by ABC
Channel 5 in Cleveland.