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Intergenerational Connections

Generations connect at the Swampscott Senior Center to promote social participation and inclusion.  Through ongoing collaborations with Swampscott Public Schools, members of the Senior Center benefit from technology assistance, cultural programming, educational services and hands-on help.   Generations meet, listen to one another and learn new skills here every day.  Together, students and Senior Center members have explored topics related to race, culture and LGBTQIA issues.  Members of Swampscott Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society make hand-made holiday cards for homebound seniors and Swampscott High School TV films and airs Senior Center workshops and exercise programs on local cable TV.  Students walked on behalf of older adults in the recent Massachusetts Council on Aging’s Walk Challenge and to help the Center earn chances to raffle prizes benefitting health education and programming.  Below are some examples of the many ongoing connections fostered at the Senior Center:

Intergenerational Current Events Group

This group meets monthly and covers topics related to current events and pressing social concerns.  Members of the Swampscott High School’s community service group, Interact, sit down with members of the Senior Center and enjoy round table discussions and healthy discourse.  For more information on this or other programs click here, or to sign up for the next Intergenerational Current Events Group call (781) 596-8866 or reach out to Sonja Nathan, Program and Volunteer Manager.

R.O.C Initiatives

Room of Color is an affinity group at Swampscott High School which supports students of color through mentorship, engagement and community initiatives.   R.O.C members collaborate with Senior Center members and staff to create educational and social opportunities that can be shared across generations.  Collaborations have included a documentary celebrating Black History Month, a Juneteenth Brunch and weekly help setting up rooms and activities at the Center.

Big Blue Game Changers

Big Blue Game Changers is a program supported by the Jauron Family Foundation with the goal of connecting Swampscott High School Athletes with the community.  In partnership with the Swampscott Senior Center, the Jauron Family Foundation provides funding for special events, dinners and presentations benefitting members of the Center.  Thanks to the support of the foundation, teams like Girls Lacrosse, Field Hockey and Volleyball have sponsored free catered dinners with trivia, games and tons of social interaction with our membership.

ArtLink

This fall, certified Art Teacher, Siobhan McDonald led Senior Center members and students through ArtLink, a guided art-making experience and dinner.  Drawing on her extensive experience a public-school art teacher, as well as her multiple certifications related to art instruction with seniors, Siobhan promotes intergenerational connections through creativity and the arts.  We look forward to more ArtLink community events as this was a huge success!

Discovery Point Learning Center

High school students ages 18-22 with intellectual disabilities provide services and operational assistance at the Center, learning valuable life and job skills.  Senior Center members have the opportunity to participate in Discovery Point’s initiatives with compassion and understanding.  Discovery Point students help set up for Friday morning movies, Social Day and Bingo on Friday mornings as well as assist with maintaining the Center’s coffee station.

Homebound Senior Outreach

Swampscott Middle School National Junior Honor Society members gather three times a year to make beautiful hand-made cards and bags to accompany special holiday gifts for homebound and deserving older adults in our community.  Through a partnership with Greater Lynn Senior Services, Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day cards and treats are prepared by NJHS students and included with Meals on Wheels deliveries to seniors in Swampscott.   In December, NJHS along with the management and residents at the Landing at Vinnin Square, collect cozy items to be included in holiday gift bags that are hand delivered to homebound seniors.  This past holiday season, these groups also collaborated with the Swampscott Health Department to include personal preparation items such as flashlights and first aid-kits along with hats, mittens and scarves which were distributed to over 70 homebound seniors.  These efforts are much appreciated by recipients and have helped to promote Senior Center outreach efforts, increase membership and generate new connections between community members.

Swampscott TV

Swampscott High School students film special workshops, the Talk About Town series and more and air these programs on the Town’s cable access TV.  Check out our Government Access Channel!

 

 

 

 

Honoring Black History

Members and staff collaborated with Swampscott High School students to create a quilt honoring Black History.  Throughout the months of January and February we cut, glued, ironed and stitched together.  The construction of this beautiful masterpiece was led by our very own Diane Reynolds with sewing help from Roberta Stoller and several other Senior Center quilters.  Many thanks to the students and senior center members who participated in this project and to Temitope Bailey, Room of Color Coordinator, METCO and J.V. Basketball Coach for Swampscott High School and our Senior Center Salem State Social Work interns, Joelle L’Heureux and Olivia Lynch for all of their help coordinating this effort.

Click here to read Swampscott’s Black History Month Proclamation. https://www.swampscottlibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/0891_001.pdf

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