An intergenerational bond has led to a Kamloops elementary school receiving accolades.
Shanon Parker’s Grade 4 class at Arthur Stevenson elementary in Westsyde won a Golden Star Award from the BC Retired Teachers Association for the students’ activities with seniors.
The program involved seniors at nearby The Hamlets at Westsyde assisted-living facility teaching the students how to play cribbage and engaging in the game with them every couple of months during this school year.
“I know some schools have done things like crafts and coming and singing [and] this may be a little simpler, but it really does what we want — it has the kids and the seniors interacting together,” Parker said.
Students and seniors alike were enriched through new friendships as they worked co-operatively with one another, hand after hand.
“Thank you residents of the Hamlets for being such good partners and teachers for these Grade 4s,” BC Retired Teachers Association director Stefan Cieslik said.
“It’s a tremendous achievement that you have done what you’ve done.”
Cieslik presented Parker and her class with the award last week at the seniors’ facility, where the students took in a few more games of cribbage with their elder friends before heading back to school.