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Brockville Area Students Visit GrandPals
Brockville Area Students Visit GrandPals at Retirement Residences
Posted on 10/22/2018
Students and their GrandPalsOctober 18, 2018 (Brockville, ON) – Upper Canada District School Board students in grades 3 and 4 from Vanier Public School visited Sherwood Park Manor in Brockville last week, while grade 5 and grade 6 students from Lyn Public School visited Chartwell Rosedale Retirement Centre as part of a local GrandPals program.

This program is one that formed out of an informal partnership between a community volunteer and our local schools. Westminster Public School, Pineview Public School and Toniata Public School also engage in this learning opportunity. This is the second year the schools have been participating in the program. This program is a rewarding, hands-on experience where students get to interact with seniors in their community. Each student is paired with a GrandPal and they are responsible for planning and executing activities with them each month.

The main focus of this program is building relationships between two different generations. During this bonding time, students learn about the past and seniors get a glimpse into what it is like to be a child in 2018.

This month, Lyn Public School students prepared songs to sing as a group and activity worksheets to complete with their GrandPal. The students from Vanier prepared interview questions for their GrandPal. This included questions about their past, which they will turn into an autobiography poster. After the questions, the students played games and completed puzzles with their new friends.

“Overall, my students are learning how to care for others,” said grade 3/4 teacher Jacqueline Hoogwerf from Vanier. “They are developing important skills like empathy, respect, and courage.” She explained that it is great way for her students to practice their face-to-face communication skills while having a change in scenery.

This is the second year Hoogwerf has been involved in the GrandPals program. She noticed that the monthly outings bring so much joy to the seniors’ lives. She stressed the importance for the seniors to have a stimulating activity to look forward to. She also noticed that this outing brought excitement to her students. They enjoy planning activities and it is one of their main class conversations.

Vanier students are in the process of planning a special activity for their GrandPals and will visit Sherwood Park Manor twice in the month of December.

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Tim Mills
Superintendent of Schools
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