Archive for Thursday, December 13, 2001

Eudora West leaders will learn a thing or two from senior citizens

December 13, 2001

A proposed Eudora West Elementary School project could bring two generations closer together if things work out as planned.

Members of the Principal's Council and the Leadership Challenge Group are planning a project to document the lives of Eudora Nursing Center residents.

"It's a good learning experience for these kids," said Eudora West Elementary Principal Rod Moyer.

The students can practice their writing skills as well as make senior citizens feel valued, he said.

"You put people in (a nursing home) and just forget them," Moyer said. "They've got an awful lot to teach."

He's hoping students will get the residents to talk about their lives and how their experiences may differ from the students' experiences. For instance, Moyer said he thought most of his students had never experienced black-and-white television.

West Elementary counselor Renee Murphy said while brainstorming different ways to help the community the nursing home came up.

"They have such an incredible life history," Murphy said.

She said she hopes the project will be of mutual benefit to both students and residents. In the future, Murphy said, residents might be able to visit the students at school, too.

"We're going to play it by ear," she said.

The project allows the students a chance to give back to the community while making nursing center residents feel wanted, Moyer said.

"We've got a really neat community, and sometimes the kids need to start giving back," he said.

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