On March 8, 2018, Lincoln Elementary Student Council visited the Senior Citizen Center on Spring Valley Road to serve lunch to the retired senior group that congregates the first Thursday of every month. Freedom Brass, Music Teacher at Lincoln, and Resia Muto, Food Service Secretary at Lincoln, are co-leaders of STUCO. This year, STUCO at Lincoln has eleven students from third through fifth grade. This special event was set up through Vickie Bobbit of I.C.A.R.E.
“I love organizing events like this because they teach students about the importance of service to others. Giving back to the community is an important lesson. One of the goals of today’s event is to help students develop the social skills to be comfortable among older generations.” -Vickie Bobbit
I.C.A.R.E. is a community service organization that builds relationships between youth and older adults. Many schools in USD 475 partner with I.C.A.R.E. to reach out to the community. Students joined the Senior Citizens for lunch after serving them and came prepared with a sheet of “Conversation Starters” that helped the flow of conversation:
• Always begin by introducing yourself and telling the person a little about you. As the person answers your questions, share some stories or information about yourself. If the person does not want to answer a question, please respect their wishes.
1. Tell me about your family? Do you have children or grandchildren? How many do you have?
2. Have you always lived in Junction City?
3. Tell me about where you went to school.
4. What was your teacher like? How many people were in your class?
5. What was your occupation? What were your duties? What was a typical day like?
6. What do you think about all the things going on in the world today? Were you or your family members ever in the Military?
7. What is your favorite memory?
8. Talk about 4-H or Student Council. Were you in any clubs or sports in school? Have you ever been a volunteer for an organization?
• End your conversation by saying, “Thank you for taking time to visit with me today, I really enjoyed talking with you”. SMILE AND OFFER A HANDSHAKE!