From November 2015 to May 2016, 29 seniors and 29 3rd graders at Marcy Open School exchanged letters. Students got to practice their writing and learn to communicate via the old fashioned way - with a letter! Seniors got to learn about what being 8 in 2015 was like. Friendships were developed long distance. At the end of May, we had a party where the pen pals could get together. Comments from students and seniors alike showed the value in encouraging inter-generational relationships. "It was really fun" and "I really liked getting to know my new friend" were among the comments about the program. One of the older pen pals commented that he didn't have any grandchildren, so his pen pal helped him learn about this generation. We plan to continue the program and expand it for the 2016-17 school year.
Author: Lydia McAnerney, Volunteer Coordinator and Marji Miller, Executive Director. Margie's been a part of Southeast Seniors for over fourteen years and has a wealth of experience. Lydia joined Southeast Seniors in 2015 but has worked with volunteers for over 30 years.