Submitted by SUNY Oswego
OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego RSVP’s Osteoporosis Bone Builders class played host Dec. 21 to G. Ray Bodley High School students to put into practice lessons conveyed by “Tuesdays with Morrie,” a Mitch Albom book the students are studying.
The Fulton high school’s Denise Pawlewicz paired up students in her “Art of Conversation” class with 18 senior citizens at the event at Fulton YMCA.
The students interacted with their elders, and asked them questions regarding their lives. The Tuesday event spun off touching and enlightening scenes in the book about Albom’s Tuesday talks with an elderly former professor named Morrie Schwartz.
Ellen Wahl, director of RSVP on the SUNY Oswego campus, observed that the interaction among students and the Bone Builders class broke down many preconceived notions the seniors and the students had. Over lunch — members of the osteo class brought desserts to complement ziti and salad — the participants learned from and came away with a new respect for each other, she said.
Prior to lunch, Madelon Howland, leader of the Bone Builders class, gave a demonstration of exercises the seniors do.
Pawlewicz introduced the “Tuesdays with Morrie” book to her class as a way of helping the high school students understand more about seniors. The students created an inspirational paper quilt made from the aphorisms the book’s Morrie conveyed to Albom and his readers, and presented it to the Fulton YMCA as a thank-you for hosting the event.
Those 55 and over interested in more information on volunteering with students of all ages should call RSVP at 315-312-2317. RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.