TIPS - Teens Interacting Positively with Seniors

Burlington County Special Services Education Association (Burlington County) members Diana Stewart, Debbie Mandichak, and Kathleen Deissler face numerous challenges in their work with 120 multiply handicapped 7th - 12th grade students with learning disabilities and/or behavioral and emotional problems.

Through this project, supported by a $5,850 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, at-risk teens will learn how to interact with a senior citizen population as they develop an awareness of the older generation and themselves. Students will create a living-history cookbook with the assistance of senior citizens and family members. They will include photos, a personal history, and a collection of their favorite family recipes. Each senior will receive fifteen copies of their book to share with family and friends and a compilation edition of the books will be used as a fundraiser for future projects at the senior citizen center.

Students will research historical events of the year in which their senior partner was born, do interviews, write personal histories, and assist in creating a book to catalog their experiences.

The Business Shop will scan photos, edit and format the book in a desktop publishing program. The Graphic Arts Shop will collate and bind the books. And students in the Food Services Shop will select recipes to prepare and serve to seniors.

For further information, contact:

Diana Stewart
(609) 298-9175