Seniors and students bond through storytelling project

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”
~ Betty Friedan, writer/activist/feminist

It’s true that youth learn from their elders.

Grade 11 students at Innisdale Secondary School are learning with local seniors as part of a school project – and the seniors are learning too.

Eleanor Alexander’s social science class interviews members of the 55+ Club at the Allandale Recreation Centre. The students prepare questions and interview the seniors to learn about changes in social institutions such as the family, schools and the workplace. Four weeks later, the elders visit Innisdale to watch students present their reports. They also have a chance to chat, share stories and socialize.

“It’s heart-warming to see the interaction between youth and seniors – they definitely learn from each other’s stories,” says Eleanor. “There always seem to be bonds that form during this project and the smiles that come from it are priceless.”

This activity, which has been happening for the last six years, is part of the Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology & Sociology course at Innisdale. The course provides students with opportunities to think critically about theories, questions and issues, and develop an understanding of the approaches and research methods used by social scientists.