The ARA G.R.I.T.T. Report
What is it and how did it go?
GREAT REJUVENATIONAL INTERGEN(erational) TECH TEACH-OUT
Our first technology lesson was at Dover High School last Thursday. About 15 student "teachers" showed up to do this unique community service and about a dozen ARA members were taught. Our "students" brought their smartphones, tablets, laptops. Computers were/are also available in the Library where the project is being held.We will resume weekly lessons on Thursday, December 5, 2:45, Dover HS Library and all are planning to do weekly sessions. We have worked out cancellation contingencies with everyone.
How did it go? You'll be able to ask those members with the big new smiles who became smarter, less fearful of the unknown and completely captivated by these wonderful young people who are NOT their grandkids!
And how did it go for the kids? One of them went home and immediately wrote a letter to "60 Minutes" telling them about how amazing this intergenerational experience was for them and that they should be coming to New Hampshire to film us. So yes, I think it went VERY well for them! There is also a strong possibility that we may soon be using Traip Academy in Kittery or the Kittery Community Center for a more easterly location to suit the Portsmouth and Maine ARA "students". We'll let you all know if that happens. While Marshwood HS has also expressed an interest, it may be more convenient to go to Maine for those members closer to Kittery.
Those who were not at the first session and may want to join this POD (Program on Demand) must let me know so that I will have a head count in order to match you up with a student "teacher". CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL AT firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (207) 439-7957.
You will want to bring your charged device, questions, notepaper for answers. As our ARA is uniquely a GROWING group, and we work hard to keep you current, be assured that mastering this techie stuff is a game-changer for us all. These kids are really patient, caring, warm, and smart. As attendees can attest, there is a special joy in learning from a teenager!