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BRIDGES: Growing Older, Growing Together is an award-winning, intergenerational program that brings together adults over the age of 55, fourth-grade students and educators in an academically and socially invigorating environment. The curriculum supports the new National Core Curriculum Standards.
A group of adult volunteers collaborate with children – working in small groups under the guidance of the educator or teacher. The approximate ratio is two volunteers for every six children. Bridges usually runs for six consecutive weeks followed by a reunion approximately one month after the last session.
Sessions are led by the classroom teacher and are divided into four sections:
- a mini-lesson by the teacher
- sharing by the volunteers and the students who have interviewed a grandparent
- a fun & educational group project
- a wrap-up discussion
Volunteers and students often say that Bridges: Growing Older, Growing Together is a highlight of their week. Youngsters are quick to exclaim that Bridges is one of the best programs they do in elementary school.
BRIDGES: Growing Older, Growing Together helping people of all ages appreciate growing older – as they grow together!