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ERIC Number: ED399078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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The Opinions of School Volunteers at a Suburban High School District.
Yearby-Smith, Johnny
Working with students gives older people renewed enthusiasm for life and a chance to pass along lessons and skills learned over a lifetime. Older volunteers provide students with a sense of continuity in a hectic world. This study used a questionnaire to determine volunteers' opinions regarding an intergenerational program in a suburban Illinois high school district. The program incorporates retired persons as volunteers in a variety of areas in the high school, thus providing opportunities for positive interaction between older and young generations. A total of 220 volunteers were selected from 500 community residents responding to a newspaper article to participate as volunteers in the program. The questionnaire was distributed by mail and returned by the volunteers to the school office. Findings indicated that the majority of the volunteers agreed that the intergenerational program was beneficial to the school district. They expressed a willingness to perform a variety of duties to help the district, including assisting with classroom activities. The volunteers agreed that there was a need for more preparation time, as well as for more time that could be spent with students needing extra help. Activities such as organizing fund raisers and building bulletin boards were judged as important as interacting with students. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois