Students at Riverside Intermediate School have formed a partnership with residents of Miller’s Assisted Living Facility this school year. The partnership will allow students to make connections with adults, learn the art of conversation, promote empathy, take learning beyond the classroom, and much more. Assistant Principal Ryan Welch said, there are many students who for a variety of reasons struggle to make connections with adults in their families. “Some students simply may not have grandparents or great-grandparents in the area or at all. This partnership will allow our students to have experiences with other people,” stated Welch.
The partnership got off to a grand start as 60 sixth graders recently visited the facility. Three to five students were paired with one resident. Each group found an area to sit and talk. Many asked resident questions and shared information about their daily lives in and out of school. The chaperones, Riverside staff members, enjoyed the experience as much as the students.
The Riverside partnership will continue in September when more Riverside students will be visiting the assisted living facility located in Plymouth.
Riverside students talk to a resident.