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Young people

May 06, 2007

Residents of The Shook Home and The Quarters at The Shook participated in "Closing the Gap" with students of Team C (sixth grade) at Chambersburg Area (Pa.) Middle School.

The program was designed by sixth-grade English teacher Jackie Perdas and Joanne Frazier to "close the gap" in misconceptions and communications between the middle-school aged children and the older adults.

Students of Team C gathered early in the morning of Friday, April 20, in the auditorium to pair up with the older adults. Some of the older adults lived in their own homes in the Chambersburg community and some lived in retirement communities such as the residents of The Shook Home and The Quarters. After a brief introduction, the older adults followed the young adults into classroom areas where small group discussions occurred.

The students interviewed the older generation by asking them questions like "What was school like in your day?" and "What are you the most proud of?" Residents brought with them a personal item to share with the students. Some brought paintings, others brought arrow head collections and others brought photos. Students then took their elders to the school dining area for lunch. The elders were amazed at the lunch choices that were provided to the students.

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After lunch, students and elders returned to the auditorium for a sharing time. Elders were amazed at the kindness and maturity that the youngsters had shown them and the students were amazed that the elders were interesting and liked to have fun, too.

As part of "Closing the Gap," the students participated in a poster contest in which The Shook Home and The Quarters has offered the following prizes: First prize, a $100 savings bond; second prize, a $50 savings bond; honorable mentions, 10 coupons for free sundaes at Bruster's Ice Cream. The posters will be on display at the facility during Older Americans Month in May. The winners will be selected during National Nursing Home Week, May 13-19, by the residents of The Shook Home and The Quarters.

Chambersburg Area Middle School students Brady Fickes, Megan Lowe, Jade Reed and Britney Sowers pose with Quarters at the Shook resident Henry Dejoie during "Closing the Gap" activities April 20.

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