Hopewell Junior Students Exchange Expertise with Local Seniors

Hopewell Junior Students Exchange Expertise with Local Seniors
Posted on 11/08/2017
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photo of students showing senior citizen how to use phoneA recent activity that mixed Hopewell Junior School eighth-graders with senior citizens from West Chester’s Activity Center demonstrated that education is a two-way street. For an hour during the school’s advisory period, both groups had the opportunity to share their passion and expertise on two different topics: Tech Time and Chair Volleyball.

Working in small groups, students shared with their visitors tips and tricks for using their mobile devices. From exploring basic functions like maps, contacts and even Google Earth to providing recommendations of apps designed for senior citizens, students took the time to help their visitors master their personal devices.

The visiting senior group, a Partners in Prime Club that meets at the Activity Center, introduced students to “Chair Volleyball,” an organized sport they play with other community centers.

“I don’t know who enjoyed it more,” said Hopewell counselor Andria Lapthorn, who cultivated the partnership with Partners in Prime last year to integrate into Hopewell’s “Excellence in Action” efforts. “Students showed up nervous, unsure of what to expect from the activity or our visitors. But they left bubbling with joy about the interest the group took in learning from them, not to mention the serious, yet fun approach they took to teaching them chair volleyball."

“Excellence in Action” is a community service group that assists people and organizations in need. The goal is to provide students with an opportunity to serve others, be part of a team, and develop positive character. To accommodate all students, activities are organized both during and after the school day.

Another service activity is already in the works, involving a magazine drive with handwritten notes for seniors benefiting from the “Meals on Wheels” program. Next up for the group is the school’s holiday giving tree and a school beautification project.