Thursday, January 19, 2012

Doyle Students, Retired Seniors Bridge the Generation Gap

Doyle ES In early December, second and fifth grade students from Doyle Elementary School made a special visit to Vi at La Jolla Village, the school’s new Partner in Education. Vi is a high-rise retirement facility not far from the University City elementary school campus. The visit was part of an intergenerational learning experience.
The students had made Water Conservation posters that were put on display at Vi. During their visit, the students explained their posters to the residents. Many of the residents are retired professionals. After the presentation, the students were treated to lunch with the residents followed by an Ice Cream Social. A good time was had by all.
Research shows that today’s children and older people have limited opportunities for meaningful interaction in a country increasingly segregated by age and marked by long distance grandparents and grandchildren. Intergenerational learning experiences help children learn from and develop positive images of older adults as well as help older adults achieve a sense of fulfillment and reduces feelings of isolation.

For more information, contact Doyle second grade teacher, Alice Evans, at