Tag Archives: Intergenerational

Trinity volleyball serves at Providence of Palos Heights

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 2015) — The Trinity Christian College women’s volleyball team took an afternoon off the court last week, and instead spent time cleaning and playing BINGO with residents at Providence of Palos Heights. Karliegh Krchmery, a marketing major from Merrionette Park, Ill., and the Trolls’ lone senior, said that the pre-season volunteer works allows the team to have fun and bond while giving back to the community. “As a Christian-based program, we want to get out and do what we can,” she said. “This year, we decided to come here, because it’s also a Christian place and seemed like a good fit.” The women organized books and movies, washed walls and tables in the kitchen, cleaned the patio for an upcoming barbecue, cleaned wheelchairs, and assisted residents for BINGO. “We got in some team bonding, too,” Krchmery said. “We had a lot of fun, and we’ll definitely do it again.” The team has already made plans with Providence Life Enrichment Director Diane Giglio to spend another afternoon volunteering next semester. “They certainly make our job a little easier, with their effort from start to finish,” Giglio said. “I’d like to thank them for the excellent job they […]

Royal Park Place, their pen pals, and pizza

ZEELAND, Mich. (June 2015) – Royal Park Place and Vanderbilt Charter Academy celebrated the fifth year of their Pen Pal program this spring, marking the occasion with a pizza party. In the program, Royal Park Place residents pair up with third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students from the Holland school for an academic year of old-school letter-writing and life-sharing. The pen pals create remarkable memories, utilize penmanship skills, and form special relationships between generations. To celebrate another year of the program, Jenny Rutkauskas, K-4 Dean at Vanderbilt, and Paula St.Amant, Royal Park Place Life Enrichment Director, put their heads together to create an end-of-year pizza party for the group. This year’s event took the cake as the most fun thus far. Pizza, Wii bowling, and golf cart rides were enjoyed by all! You can find more photos of the pen pals on the Royal Park Place Facebook page.   More intergenerational stories: Victorian Village hosts Senior Prom Park Place of Elmhurst teams up with Timothy

A prom for the ages

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (March 2015) – People were laughing, talking, and sipping punch. A conga line formed as the DJ blared music. A king and queen were announced, and everyone posed for photos. It looked like a typical prom, aside from one thing — there was a 70-year age gap among participants. The annual Intergenerational Prom, hosted by the Lockport Township High School Interact Club and Victorian Village, was held at Victorian Village earlier this month. Residents and students alike dressed up, danced, ate, talked, and played games as they got to know each other, and the party lasted until 8 p.m. — a half hour later than it was scheduled to end. Each year, the high school club comes up with the theme for the event — this year, it was Roaring 20s — and students bring decorations and desserts. Staff at Victorian Village provided a photo backdrop, as well as coffee and punch, and moved a whole lot of furniture to make way for all the attendees. The entire VV campus — from retirement living, to memory care, to skilled nursing —was invited to the dance. Life Enrichment Director Connie Jaros estimates that 60 residents attended, along with […]

Students, residents benefit from intergenerational classes

ELMHURST, Ill. (February 2015) — When Timothy Christian High School added an interim term, called “Renew,” it was an opportunity for students to experience new things. For some students, that meant intergenerational learning. Timothy teachers created classes for the school’s new nine-day term, and five of them included interaction with residents at next-door senior living community Park Place of Elmhurst. Timothy and Park Place have worked together many times in the past, as part of their intergenerational program, Bridges. The program includes a Park Place booster club that supports Timothy soccer, and Timothy “technical advisers,” who help Park Place residents program their remote or hook up their printer. Student artists can show their work in the Park Place Gallery, and Park Place residents host Ping-Pong games against students every other week. Some students volunteer regularly with the program, but for others, the Renew classes gave them their first experience with intergenerational learning. In some of the Renew classes, Park Place residents were teaching their young visitors: “Beyond Texting” was advertised to teenagers who could learn a few things about interpersonal communication. At the end of the course, they went down the road to try out their communication skills with the resident […]