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Seniors Giving Back to the Community: 5 Ways to Get Involved With “Back to School”

Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 5:00PM

Seniors Giving Back to the Community: 5 Ways to Get Involved With “Back to School”


It’s back to school time in our community. Stores are filled with crayons, backpacks, and polo shirts, bright yellow buses are back on the roads, and kids are tucked in bed early. Why not include our older generation in all this excitement, and make the back to school season something our seniors anticipate. There are lots of different ways for seniors to give to our schools and help promote intergenerational relationships. Here are 5 fun ways for seniors in assisted living, nursing homes, or at home to get involved.


1. Coordinate a school supply drive at the assisted living facility or nursing home. Then make a special trip to deliver pencils, paper, crayons, and folders to local schools


2.Volunteer your time. It is important to assess your talents to find out how you can best share your own unique gifts and knowledge. You could volunteer at the local school as a reading buddy or math tutor a few times a week. Maybe you would be better suited to help in music room, tend the school garden, or sort books in the library.   


3.Host an intergenerational back to school event in which seniors invite grandchildren or great grandchildren for a visit to the assisted living facility. Set up board games, watch some classic cartoons together, share some cookies and milk- it is sure to be fun for all!


4. Get crafty! The residents of Tiffany on the River Assisted Living in New Smyrna Beach are painting rocks to donate to a local elementary school classroom. Other ideas include: sewing book pockets to fit on the back of children’s chairs, making felt board characters to go with popular fairy tales, stuffing over-sized pillows for the library corner, creating musical instruments using everyday items, and mixing homemade playdough.


5. Adopt a classroom.  Get in contact with a local teacher and ask if you can sponsor them. You could provide treat bags for holiday celebrations, personalized stockings at Christmas time, filled Easter eggs, books for school projects, or even become writing pen pals and exchange letters with the students.


Stayed tuned to the County Health Care Guide Blog to learn more about assisted-living, senior care, senior placement, and important senior news in Volusia County. From Daytona to Port Orange to New Smyrna Beach, the County Health Care Guide is the only resource you need.

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