Intergenerational Partnerships

hope and elaineIn 2009, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation made it possible for us to launch a collaboration with the Williamsburg Grange and Council on Aging, in which seniors share their knowledge and stories of growing, cooking and preserving food with elementary school children. The program has brought a valuable intergenerational exchange to the school community, with elder garden instructors assisting the garden educator each week, cider pressing activities at the annual Harvest Feast, multiple elders leading classroom cooking and canning activities, and intergenerational cooking and gardening activities at the Williamsburg Senior Center in Haydenville. As a result, seniors have a means to remain physically and mentally active, have their knowledge valued and not lost, and build meaningful relationships with local children.