FOCUS ON SENIORS: Students visit Queensview Retirement Community

Opinion May 11, 2017 by Melanie Gigliotti Brant News

As the youth leader on the board of the Seniors and Kids Intergenerational Program (SKIP), I have taken the role as ambassador lead for this year's SKIP Ambassadors. 

My role is to communicate and encourage the mostly elementary school ambassadors to share their reflections with their school community, as well as with me.  

In turn, I will share their stories with our community through the Brant News.

SKIP has been active for 10 years, focusing on bringing together students of all ages with seniors. It takes advantage of involving students and seniors in any way they can, including in-class activities, contests, and school visitations to nursing and retirement homes. 

School visitations are what allow a heart-to-heart connection with the students and seniors, who both get value from the experience. Students gain valuable life skills from engaging in activities with the seniors, who enjoy the experience and are able communicate, participate and share their stories. 

Students, teachers and seniors participate in the visitation programs year after year across the region. Some schools have the SKIP actively displayed and integrated in their classroom, as well as have students who take the leading role as being an ambassador. These young leaders take the opportunity to share their stories and experiences from the visitations they take part in along with their classmates. 

Cobblestone Elementary School recently ventured to Queensview Retirement Community, both located in Paris. Teacher Janice Cooney integrated SKIP into her Grade 4/5 class for the first time this year. Cooney has colourful displays in her classroom focused on SKIP visits that her students went on. The Grade 4/5 class is populated with two leading SKIP Ambassadors — Nate and Sophie. 

Nate and Sophie both wrote reflections on their visit to Queensview Retirement Community that took place just before Valentine's Day. The students described the activities they partook in with the seniors, which included making paper roses. 

Nate said he “was so excited for their trip to Queensview," and Sophie added the trip “was super fun." They look forward to their next SKIP visit.

SKIP is not only for the enjoyment of students and seniors, it looks to get the whole community involved.

SKIP is planning an age-friendly Brantford Burst five-kilometre colour run in order to inspire other communities to be more aware of SKIP's intergenerational programming, while providing a fun day for the family. 

More information and early sign-up to participate in the run, or to volunteer, is available through SKIP's website at www.goskip.org.

The countdown is on and Brantford is about to burst in an explosion of colour and fun.

Melanie E. Gigliotti is a youth leader on the board for the Seniors and Kids Intergenerational Program.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Students visit Queensview Retirement Community

Opinion May 11, 2017 by Melanie Gigliotti Brant News

As the youth leader on the board of the Seniors and Kids Intergenerational Program (SKIP), I have taken the role as ambassador lead for this year's SKIP Ambassadors. 

My role is to communicate and encourage the mostly elementary school ambassadors to share their reflections with their school community, as well as with me.  

In turn, I will share their stories with our community through the Brant News.

SKIP has been active for 10 years, focusing on bringing together students of all ages with seniors. It takes advantage of involving students and seniors in any way they can, including in-class activities, contests, and school visitations to nursing and retirement homes. 

School visitations are what allow a heart-to-heart connection with the students and seniors, who both get value from the experience. Students gain valuable life skills from engaging in activities with the seniors, who enjoy the experience and are able communicate, participate and share their stories. 

Students, teachers and seniors participate in the visitation programs year after year across the region. Some schools have the SKIP actively displayed and integrated in their classroom, as well as have students who take the leading role as being an ambassador. These young leaders take the opportunity to share their stories and experiences from the visitations they take part in along with their classmates. 

Cobblestone Elementary School recently ventured to Queensview Retirement Community, both located in Paris. Teacher Janice Cooney integrated SKIP into her Grade 4/5 class for the first time this year. Cooney has colourful displays in her classroom focused on SKIP visits that her students went on. The Grade 4/5 class is populated with two leading SKIP Ambassadors — Nate and Sophie. 

Nate and Sophie both wrote reflections on their visit to Queensview Retirement Community that took place just before Valentine's Day. The students described the activities they partook in with the seniors, which included making paper roses. 

Nate said he “was so excited for their trip to Queensview," and Sophie added the trip “was super fun." They look forward to their next SKIP visit.

SKIP is not only for the enjoyment of students and seniors, it looks to get the whole community involved.

SKIP is planning an age-friendly Brantford Burst five-kilometre colour run in order to inspire other communities to be more aware of SKIP's intergenerational programming, while providing a fun day for the family. 

More information and early sign-up to participate in the run, or to volunteer, is available through SKIP's website at www.goskip.org.

The countdown is on and Brantford is about to burst in an explosion of colour and fun.

Melanie E. Gigliotti is a youth leader on the board for the Seniors and Kids Intergenerational Program.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Students visit Queensview Retirement Community

Opinion May 11, 2017 by Melanie Gigliotti Brant News

As the youth leader on the board of the Seniors and Kids Intergenerational Program (SKIP), I have taken the role as ambassador lead for this year's SKIP Ambassadors. 

My role is to communicate and encourage the mostly elementary school ambassadors to share their reflections with their school community, as well as with me.  

In turn, I will share their stories with our community through the Brant News.

SKIP has been active for 10 years, focusing on bringing together students of all ages with seniors. It takes advantage of involving students and seniors in any way they can, including in-class activities, contests, and school visitations to nursing and retirement homes. 

School visitations are what allow a heart-to-heart connection with the students and seniors, who both get value from the experience. Students gain valuable life skills from engaging in activities with the seniors, who enjoy the experience and are able communicate, participate and share their stories. 

Students, teachers and seniors participate in the visitation programs year after year across the region. Some schools have the SKIP actively displayed and integrated in their classroom, as well as have students who take the leading role as being an ambassador. These young leaders take the opportunity to share their stories and experiences from the visitations they take part in along with their classmates. 

Cobblestone Elementary School recently ventured to Queensview Retirement Community, both located in Paris. Teacher Janice Cooney integrated SKIP into her Grade 4/5 class for the first time this year. Cooney has colourful displays in her classroom focused on SKIP visits that her students went on. The Grade 4/5 class is populated with two leading SKIP Ambassadors — Nate and Sophie. 

Nate and Sophie both wrote reflections on their visit to Queensview Retirement Community that took place just before Valentine's Day. The students described the activities they partook in with the seniors, which included making paper roses. 

Nate said he “was so excited for their trip to Queensview," and Sophie added the trip “was super fun." They look forward to their next SKIP visit.

SKIP is not only for the enjoyment of students and seniors, it looks to get the whole community involved.

SKIP is planning an age-friendly Brantford Burst five-kilometre colour run in order to inspire other communities to be more aware of SKIP's intergenerational programming, while providing a fun day for the family. 

More information and early sign-up to participate in the run, or to volunteer, is available through SKIP's website at www.goskip.org.

The countdown is on and Brantford is about to burst in an explosion of colour and fun.

Melanie E. Gigliotti is a youth leader on the board for the Seniors and Kids Intergenerational Program.