In Tyronza, Arizona a grant of $20,000 will enable East Poinsett County HS seniors to help Tyronza senior citizens learn more about technology. The Mayor, Charles Glover said, “The idea came about when he was speaking with the high school principal, John Kelly. He and I were talking about how we can engage our students in community service, EPC has a program that if students get 75 hours of community service they can actually get a high school credit.”
The principle came up with the name ‘Seniors Helping Seniors’ to help push the grant forward. They’ve already used to buy new laptops, kindles and audio visual equipment for the senior center. Glover said, “The audio-visual equipment will also help our senior citizens center develop into a place that we can lease out for meetings and that type of opportunity.”
An EPC program teacher Jennifer Fithen said 4 students are brought in each Thursday from 9am to 2pm to help seniors with any of their technology questions. The students get community service credit, and the seniors learn things like Skype, Google Earth, and how to scan pictures to name a few. People can even bring in their own laptops or tablets as the center new has a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Aware that while the program is to help the senior citizens, possibilities of the partnership indicate it will do much more.
Glover added, “It is our hope, and we firmly believe that our high school students will learn as much from our senior citizens as our senior citizens will learn from the high school students. We want to bridge the gap between those generations.”
By the end of August computers were setup, and EPC students started helping the first week of September. Fithen said, “When we first came a lot of the seniors were scared to come over. A common thing for them to say was they didn’t want to break the computers.” So the first weeks were spent building comfort and confidence with the six computers. See Video
“Every week, we see an increase in the number of people who come for help. The students enjoy it. They come back to school and share the stories they learned at lunch.” Some students and seniors even found out they attended the same church without ever knowing and now sit together at church.
Read Article (Corey Clairday | domocrattribune.com | 10/26/2015)
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