ERIC Number: ED387906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Senior Volunteers: Helping Hands & Willing Workers.
Updating School Board Policies, v26 n5 p1-5 Oct 1995
Volunteers and other community-based assistants can relieve some of the financial burden brought on by school-budget cutbacks. This publication describes how enlisting the help of senior volunteers and workers benefits both children and seniors, and it presents some guidelines for implementation of intergeneration programs. The programs provide the following benefits: (1) increased chances of senior support for school-funding measures; (2) a greater likelihood of senior participation in child-advocacy efforts outside the school; (3) increased student self-esteem; (4) an expanded curriculum and supply of expertise; and (5) the promotion of intergenerational understanding. Guidelines for getting started include: define needs, recruit and train volunteers, recognize contributions, seek outside funding, and evaluate the program. Six models of intergenerational programs are briefly discussed--traditional, tutor/mentor, bidirectional tutor, skills building, early intervention, and exceptional children. Tax-incentive programs implemented in some Colorado school districts are described, in which older property owners are given a break on their taxes in exchange for their help in the schools. The final section contains an interview with Fernando Torres-Gil, Assistant Secretary for Aging, in which he describes the role of his agency (the Administration on Aging) in establishing and conducting intergenerational programs. A sidebar contains information on the Building Bridges program, which involves elementary schools and nursing homes. (LMI)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA.