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Intergenerational Assist: Learning Center Combines Preschool, Elderly Home

Learning Center Combines Preschool and Elderly Home for Moving Results

A learning center in Seattle is "intergenerational"—the Intergenerational Learning Center houses an elderly home and preschool under one roof that comes together five days a week for activities.

"[T]hese two groups of people&8212;preschoolers and the elderly—only have a few years to overlap in their lives. The preschoolers have their whole lives ahead of them and virtually no experiences, the elderly have rich histories and only a few years left. They come together to share that unique time in one's life -- the beginning and the end. It's such a beautiful idea," said 

Now, a filmmaker is so moved by the center's endeavors, she has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a movie with the center as the subject.

"Called 'Present Perfect,' it was shot over the course of the 2012-2013 school year by filmmaker Evan Briggs, who is also an adjunct professor at Seattle University. Funded completely out of her own pocket and shot by her alone, Briggs has now launched a Kickstarter to fund the editing of the movie. She has more than $45,000 of her $50,000 goal with 15 days to go," ABCNews said.

Briggs hopes her movie will open eyes to what she calls the "generational segregation" phenomenon occurring in this country as viewers watch elderly residents light up with the children's presence.

The preschoolers don't seem to mind their companions' presence either; the elderly residents assist them in art, dancing, storytelling, and other activities that make up the children's day.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor


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