Tuesday April 24, 2012

SHEFFIELD -- On Thursday, April 12, Mount Everett Regional School students gathered together at the Sheffield Senior Center for a final meeting with their senior partners, as part of their participation in the Senior Life History Project.

Meeting since January, once a week, the students listened and learned all about the life journey of a senior center member. Together they created a historical account of the person’s life and documented it in a scrapbook.

The books were presented to the seniors at a celebratory event attended by family members, school staff and state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, who gave a short speech on the importance of passing down generational family history.

One student summed up her experience by stating, "One thing I learned is that everyone has different stories to tell. Also that there is more to people than you would think."

A senior said, "Having the opportunity to participate in the Senior Life History project has enabled me to answer questions about my own life. It was role reversal and wonderful."

This program was created by CHP-South Berkshire Community Coal ition and is funded by a grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

The free program will be offered this summer in Great Barrington and Sheffield. Students, ages 13 to 18, and community members, 60 and older, are sought to participate.

Information or to sign up: Program Coordinator Shelley Brooks at (413) 528-1919, ext.


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