Every fall, residents of Parkland in the Valley enjoy lively Tuesday mornings with grade three and five students from Quispamsis Elementary School. Students and residents get to know each other by reading together, playing show and tell and engaging in one-on-one interviews.
To help everyone get acquainted, the first visit is a show and tell, an opportunity for students and residents to share their favourite toys, books, photos and other special belongings. The second visit consists of one-on-one interviews to explore the stories and interests already shared. Students and residents alike enjoy the opportunity to share stories, traditions, hobbies, talents and a few knock-knock jokes every once in a while!
Everyone agrees that one of the best things about these visits is the ice cream party. During the last visit of the season, students and residents come together to bond over a sweet treat.
Intergenerational programs have proven benefits for both seniors and children. They help youth develop of emotional intelligence and a sense of social responsibility while also promoting socialization, improving technological literacy and providing cognitive stimulation for seniors.
The sparkling smiles on residents’ faces is clear proof of just how much they enjoy chatting, sharing and connecting with visiting students.