Old School Intergenerational Projects

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A charitable organization 

Our Mission:
To create opportunities for generations to connect through the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Our Vision:
For all ages to show empathy to one another through authentic connection and the arts.

Old School's purpose is to relieve conditions attributable to being aged, including social isolation and other mental or physical health conditions by providing intergenerational programs that foster interaction between seniors and young people in schools and in the community, such as arts workshops, pen-pals projects, and performances. In addition, Old School strives to advance the public’s appreciation of the arts by providing high-quality artistic performances in public places, senior citizens' homes, churches, community centers, and educational institutions.

In the beginning:

Old School co-founders, Erin Winsor and Claire Rouleau began their journey in 2018 by successfully facilitating a pen pal project between grade six students and the resident of a retirement community. The Pen Pal Project was made possible by an Arts Smarts grant awarded to a local junior high school, enabling Claire and Erin to facilitate the letter writing along with music, dance, and theatre arts exercises that promoted active listening and empathy building. 

The exchange of letters cumulated in a face-to-face meet and greet and a well-prepared student performance for residents. It was an enriching experience for both groups. Claire and Erin facilitated the project again in 2019 through another Arts Smarts grant, with four times the participants! The project created a meaningful connection between 72 students and 41 older adults. 

 

This project continues to grow each year with overwhelmingly positive feedback from residents, students, teachers, and recreation directors.

Old School

adjective \ ˈōl(d)-ˌskül  \

(Entry 1 of 2)

 

1: adhering to traditional policies or practices

an old-school coach

2: evocative of an earlier or original style, manner, or form

old-school music 

Source: Merriam-Webster

Check out CBC's coverage on the original Old School Pen Pal Project:

Our Values:
  • Empathy

  • Understanding

  • Learning

  • Creativity

  • Reflection 

  • Healthy Relationships

  • Inclusivity

  • Diversity