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Generation Us: Club Yancey, JABA unite children and seniors to form community

Daily Progress, Feb. 3, 2017 --You see it on their faces and in their body language as the kids enter the lunchroom where the seniors have been waiting for them. The children are clustered in small groups by the door, fidgeting, whispering to each other, smiling and excited, then quickly fanning out to greet the elders of this small community they have come to know and love.

For almost two years now, seniors from the Jefferson Area Board for Aging’s Esmont Community Senior Center have been going to the nearby Benjamin F. Yancey Elementary School twice a month to participate in activities with the children as part of the school’s Club Yancey program, a unique after-school enrichment and community engagement program that’s been going on for more than a decade. They’ve painted pumpkins together in the fall, created a spring garden and cooked a meal with the vegetables, done various crafts and games, and have regular exercise classes together.

“The school is unbelievable in terms of the care they give the kids,” said Amy Kirchner, manager of JABA’s Esmont and Scottsville Community Senior Center. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen. This school is reaching to be a community center, not just a school.” READ MORE...


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