OSWEGO, NY – Making friends is the goal of the latest intergenerational program at BishopÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Commons that is bringing Riley School sixth graders together with the seniors who live at the Assistive Living Residence.
Each student of Jessica BowmanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s class has been paired up with a senior from BishopÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Commons where they visit while working on writing, reading, listening, and interviewing skills.
Most of all, a connection is made between the two, forming a friendship that is extending outside the monthly visits to the classroom.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have seen a great bond between the students and our residents,Ã¢â‚¬Â noted Senior Living Coordinator Julie Chetney.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“The personal connection is evident in their excitement each month, and many have even visited outside school time with their families.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Ã¢â‚¬Å“Making FriendsÃ¢â‚¬Â program is in its first year of bringing students over once a month with specific topics of discussion for interviewing.
Interviews are being gathered in a book format including photos and drawings along the way.
Residents and students will have the booklet at the end of the school year as a keepsake of their newly formed friendship.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“With the students at an age of independence, we are hopeful that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see continued connections through simple visits with their senior friends or volunteer work,Ã¢â‚¬Â added Chetney.