Middle school students connect with local seniors

CPA eighth graders recently embarked on an interpersonal learning experience with Nashville’s senior citizen communities. Students visited community centers, assisted living homes, and medical facilities to get to know their neighbors of another generation, a generation some call “the greatest generation."
Advisories broke into small groups traveling to the Bellevue Family YMCA and FiftyForward J.L. Turner Center, Morningside of Belmont, J. L. Clay Senior Citizens Center, Blakeford at Green Hills, Health Center at Richland, Grace Manor Assisted Living, Autumn Hills Assisted Living, NHC Place Cool Springs, and Windlands South. These organizations graciously provided a venue for conversation between the groups, a commentary on life in the early-to-mid 20th century and what it’s like to grow up in 2016. 
“It was really cool to hear stories from them that we’d read about in class. They were also excited to get to know our lives. Several of them gave us some great advice. I’d love to go back and stay in touch,” says student Josh Roper.
Intergenerational learning has been a unique emphasis in the middle school history curriculum, helping students connect what they read in their textbooks to individuals that lived through these events. 

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