From the Field: “I wish it was next Friday already so you could be here with us again!”

Photo courtesy of the Newburyport News

Thanks to funding from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging, Bridges: Growing Together kicked off in Amesbury last week! The Program Coordinator at the Amesbury Council on Aging recently shared with us: “Our first session went SO well, I’m very pleased! As I left I heard one of the students say to the volunteer, ‘I wish it was next Friday already so you could be here with us again!’” (Read all about the program in the Newburyport News here.)

Bridges: Growing Together is our program designed to unite older adults and elementary-aged youth. It was also the first program created in what is now the four-program Bridges Program Curricula Suite. (Fun fact: It was first piloted in 1991 in the Sudbury Public Schools and was originally called “Oldies but Goodies”!)

Take a moment to read this wonderful article in the Newburyport News about Amesbury’s first session of Growing Together here. The first line sums up Andrea’s intent when she wrote this curriculum 25 years ago: “Two very different generations met at Amesbury Elementary School Friday morning and found out they aren’t that different after all.”

P.S. Does this sound like something you’d like to see in your community? We have grant opportunities available to bring Bridges to you! Contact our Intergenerational Facilitator Julie Shaw via email or at 978.793.9509.

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