The Palace Suites and student volunteers from “Young Heroes” recently shared a special afternoon when the community hosted their Saturday project.
The students from grades 6-8 joined the seniors who live at The Palace Suites in learning sessions called “Generation to Generation” whereby the seniors could talk about their lives when they were young comparing and contrasting growing up experiences then and now.
“Young Heroes” is a community service and leadership development program for middle school students in Miami-Dade County and each Saturday the students meet to work on community services projects.
Coming to The Palace Suites and interacting with seniors was an opportunity for both generations to learn from each other. Seniors where able to reminisce to eager listeners while students had an opportunity to engage with older people and learn living history.
“The students provided so much energy and enthusiasm that simply was contagious,” said Via Butler, community director of activities.
Several of the students commented they met people who were much older than their grandparents and had never had an opportunity to meet seniors. These types of activities are a win-win for everyone and help build a better understanding of aging in our society.
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