UGDSB schools celebrate GrandPals project

May 12, 2017

ORANGEVILLE, Ontario – Staff and students are celebrating a unique project that connects youth with seniors.

GrandPals brings together students and seniors, bridging generations and offering rich intergenerational programming. Students and seniors meet regularly, asking questions, sharing stories and developing genuine friendships. The project encourages seniors to remain deeply connected with the community and students benefit from the wisdom of their elders.

Beyond the friendships they make, students learn about themes related to intergenerational connections. They develop literacy skills, as well as skills of collaboration, interpersonal connection and a broader historical understanding.

On Thursday night, Spencer Avenue Elementary School hosted its first GrandPals gala, marking the culmination of the project. Students had the chance to exhibit the various components they have been working on and showcase what they learned. Friends, family and community members came to the school to see presentations by the students with their “GrandPals.”

GrandPals gala at Spencer Avenue ES

(Pictured above: Students and community members attend the GrandPals gala at Spencer Avenue ES on May 11, 2017. Photo courtesy of snapd Dufferin.)

The GrandPals initiative was originally developed at Montgomery Village Public School six years ago, and it has evolved from year to year. Last year, the school began using Google Chromebox for Meeting to connect the groups through live video conferencing.

Montgomery Village PS will also host a GrandPals gala in June.