The pilot program which started in October sees Valley View kindergarten students visit Berwick Comox Valley once per week to do learning activities alongside Berwick’s senior residents.
The kids are very excited the mornings of each visit, as the weeks go by the relationships between the children and seniors grows deeper and more meaningful.
The program was started in partnership between Comox Valley School District and Berwick Comox Valley.
“We’re really enjoying it,” valley View teacher Karen Reimer says. “It’s wonderful for us to see the relationship develop between the children and residents… for our students it gives them a broader sense of community.”
Berwick residents Barbara Shearer says she’s glad she tried the program as she now comes every week. “I like children,” says Shearer. “I like to be with them, the older I get the more I like to be with them, they are so cute and smart.” The success of this program will lead to it being replicated in other school districts and Berwick homes.