Through a $1,905 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, Pinelands Regional Junior High School (Ocean County) teachers Jane Hall, Sue Gethard, and Regina Balsys have designed a project to provide a positive opportunity for special needs and at-risk junior high students to share intergenerational experiences with local nursing home residents. Approximately 30 students will “adopt” seniors from a local nursing home and share their life experiences. The students will implement the practices of character education through an educational and social program at the nursing home. The seniors will also share their lives while teaching students the history of a generation. Students and seniors will enjoy luncheons, socials, and creative craft time.
Students will keep a notebook with information about their “adoptive” senior. As the culminating activity, students will create an original, historical book concentrating on specific periods of time throughout the lives of their adoptive senior. Students will present the books to the seniors at a May luncheon. Students will be graded on the books that they prepare for the seniors. They will also be encouraged to continue their volunteer work at the nursing home.
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