- Sponsorship -

First-grade service learning project brings generations together

Marion Darby sat at a table with a group of energetic Murray Lake first-graders and watched as they took turns trying to balance plastic penguins on a wobbly berg of plastic “ice.”

“I’ll probably have to take a nap pretty soon,” said the resident of Fountain View Assisted Living with a laugh.

First-grader Avery Newell squirmed from her place on Darby’s lap to place her penguin on the game.

“We had such a good time together the first time she was here, I just kind of look for her now,” Darby said.

At the next table over, resident Marcia Roth chose another playing card and had just decided which one to put down when she noticed that the group of first-graders she was playing with had already moved on.

“‘Anything goes’ is right,” Roth said with a giggle.

Murray Lake has been bringing first-graders to Fountain View since 2008, said teacher Denise Washburn.

A grant from Greater Lowell Community Wellness helps pay for monthly bus trips to and from the school, as well as for supplies for projects students and residents can do together, such as planting flowers, trick-or-treating and art projects. Three times a year, all three first-grade classes visit at once.

“I started this project because it brought two things together that are near and dear to my heart: the elderly and children,” Washburn said. “The elderly and children are so very important in connecting our past to our present, and creating our future.”

Resident Marcia Roth considers her hand as first-graders Deidra Uzarski and Ruby Torline wait their turns

- Sponsorship -
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio or email Morgan.

LATEST ARTICLES

Students reopen fine-dining restaurant six months after closing its doors

GRCC’s The Heritage has reopened to the general public, with culinary students cooking, baking their way toward degrees...

Plotting for a plot

Students’ hand-drawn maps are meant for the safekeeping of memories and to spur ideas for when they write personal narratives...

Outdoor lover, zen seeker, middle-schooler hope-giver

Bill Cataldo is the new K-8 principal for Cedar Springs’ new Red Hawks Online virtual school this year. School News Network took some time to get to know him better in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

The year of learning differently

SNN asked a sampling of students from across the county how it’s going for them so far in a school year of multiple instruction models...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

The year of learning differently

SNN asked a sampling of students from across the county how it’s going for them so far in a school year of multiple instruction models...

District conducts contact tracing after high school student tests positive for COVID-19

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Lowell Area Schools received notification from the Kent County Health Department that a student enrolled at Lowell High School had tested positive for COVID-19...

Education ‘a family thing’ for new interim superintendent

Nate Fowler is the new interim superintendent for the 2020-2021 school year at Lowell Area Schools. School News Network sat down with the lifelong educator to get to know him better in this edition of Meet Your Administrators...
- Sponsorship -

HOW'S SCHOOL TODAY?

Engagement: The Most Important Measure of Student Success

Polls find that students’ engagement in their school work declines as they ascend the grades. Tests that don’t relate to their real-life experiences exacerbate the problem...

RADEMACHER & FRIENDS

Food ‘angels’ support hungry kids through pandemic

They work all across Kent County, guardian angels with peanut butter on their hands and crumbs on their shirtsleeves...
- Sponsorship -

MEDIA PARTNERS

Maranda Where You LiveWGVU

SUSTAINING SPONSORS