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Bridging the gap: Robson students visit local seniors

The two generations worked on crafts, assembled puzzles, talked and laughed

Over the course of two days at the end of November, 100 Robson Community School (RCS) students visited with local seniors at Castlegar Project IRIS gatherings.

The visit from the youngsters was part of a continued relationship between the school’s students and IRIS participants that began during the pandemic. During that time, the students sent cards and messages to the seniors.

Back in May, the seniors and students met face to face for the first time when about 50 seniors visited RCS.

This visit saw the mixed generations working on crafts, assembling puzzles, talking and laughing. The students also sang songs that they have been practicing for the school’s annual holiday concert.

IRIS director Sandi McCreight said the seniors in her group have been delighted with the opportunities to spend time with the students.

“That connection with children is something that is missing from a lot of senior’s lives these days,” said McCreight.

IRIS has also developed a relationship with students from Kinnaird Elementary, those students walked up the hill from the school to Kinnaird Park Community Church where IRIS meets. During those visits, the two generations spent time reading to one another.

The visits have been such a success in creating community and teaching both generations about each other that McCreight plans to continue coordinating them in the future.

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Betsy Kline

About the Author: Betsy Kline

After spending several years as a freelance writer for the Castlegar News, Betsy joined the editorial staff as a reporter in March of 2015. In 2020, she moved into the editor's position.
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