Wesley Towers is excited to announce the launch of a promising new intergenerational program in partnership with our new neighbor, Plum Creek Elementary.
Many studies have shown the significant benefits of programs connecting children and elders. These connections are especially important in today's culture of busy families often living great distances apart. Intergenerational activities are prime opportunities for enhanced socialization for our elders and stimulated learning for our youth.
During our first session, the students visited Wesley Towers for activities and lunch; the students brought along something about themselves. These introductory conversation starters ranged from sports awards, photographs of pets or anything else that brings joy to the student. As the students shared their hobbies, goals and activities, it was a perfect opening for reflection and reminiscing for our residents. They shared memories from their youth and stories about their children.
Later in the semester a group of Wesley Towers residents took a drive down 43rd Avenue to visit their beautiful new school. We were welcomed with a warm greeting by Mrs. Raya and then Chase and Kade gave us a fantastic tour of their beautiful school. After the tour we were greeted in the library by some 2nd and 3rd graders who cheerfully read from their library books. Later we joined Tara's Shining Stars class during circle time where they practiced their days, months and even sang the White Song for us!
The sessions always end on a fun note and we're already looking forward to our future visits with the students!