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Greater Essex County District School Board
Building Tomorrow Together Every Learner, Every Day

​​students playing cards with older man.jpgTwo GECDSB elementary schools helped pilot an experiential learning program designed to bring together students, ages 7-11, with seniors at residential centres for their mutual benefit.

The Seniors and Kids Inter-generational Program (S.K.I.P.) allows organized visits by students to seniors' care facilities in the area.  It's an opportunity for the students (Grades 2-6) to complement character education ideals stressed in the classroom with first-hand lessons in caring, compassion, understanding and respect for the elderly.

Teachers involved in the project are using the Empathy Toy, an activity that depends on the two players understanding one another, to reinforce the experiential learning.

CTV News item - May 15, 2018

Windsor Star article - May 14, 2018​