Last week was an exciting one at Bridges Together! Here’s a quick recap:
Bridges in High School:
On Wednesday, Andrea taught a Bridges: Lifelong Journeys session at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. Twenty-five years after the original Bridges program piloted in a 4th grade classroom, a full suite of programs for preschoolers through high schoolers exists! Life truly is a journey; we continue to pilot this program designed to unite high schoolers and older adults and can’t wait to see more communities get involved. For more information, contact Julie Shaw.
Three Communities Participate in Inaugural Intergenerational Leadership Team Opportunity:
Last week also kicked off a busy season of launching Community-Wide Intergenerational Leadership Teams in South Hadley, West Boylston and Ashland! We are very excited about these IG Leadership Teams – funded by the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging – because they bring together community leaders to create or expand intergenerational opportunities within that community. Bridges Together provides a hands-on, full-day workshop to help communities create a one-time intergenerational event and then supports the communities with consultation as well as helping publicize their events.
MCOA and Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grants in Action in Marlborough:
On Friday, BT Intergenerational Facilitator Julie Shaw traveled one town over to Marlborough to train leaders from the Marlborough Council on Aging and the Hillside School on how to implement the Bridges: Our Smarts program. A huge thank you to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and MCOA for funding new Bridges communities!
BT Supporter at the Annual Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies: This past weekend, Katie Bercury, Social Studies Coach for Burlington Public Schools, traveled to Washington, D.C. to present at the NCSS Annual Conference. Burlington has played a big part in the Bridges Together story; the Bridges: Growing Together curriculum is now implemented in all 4th grade classrooms throughout the district!