Senior citizens from Talbot House, a residence for seniors in Boston, visited a 9th grade English class on March 11 to enjoy tea, treats, and storytelling. The PTSO funded the transportation.
The visit was the culmination of a month-long project organized by reading specialist and 9th grade English teacher Amy McMahon. In February, while reading "Romeo and Juliet," the students sent Valentine's Day cards and wrote to individual residents to start a conversation about their life story. The students also wrote a bit about their own lives.
At the tea, students and their visitors sat in small groups. The students informally interviewed the senior visitors and listened to stories about the seniors’ first loves and other memories. The small groups then shared highlights in the large group. The students followed up the tea by writing summaries of what they learned from their senior citizen.
The Talbot House social worker accompanied the seniors during their visit, and several aides and other teachers also attended the tea and assisted with the exchange of information.
Stated Ms. McMahon, "Thank you very much to the PTSO for the funding to bring the seniors from Talbot House to my class. It was beneficial for the students to personally meet the seniors they had been corresponding with and to practice asking questions, listening, and socializing."