Ripplebrook bridges generations

Ripplebrook Primary School student Wilbur Casey reads to Carolyn Pugh.

Ripplebrook Primary School student Wilbur Casey reads to Carolyn Pugh.

Ripplebrook Primary School is bridging the generations under a unique new reading program.

Ripplebrook Primary School, just 13kms from Drouin with a current student population of 40, invited residents from Lyrebird Village, Drouin to visit monthly to help students practice their reading skills.

Principal Liz Alderson said the idea came about to enable students to share the experience of meeting older people and build respect and friendship, as sometimes children don't have the 'grandparent' connection for many reasons.

Ten residents from Lyrebird Village volunteered to listen to students read on a monthly rotation. The first five residents visited Ripplebrook Primary School on Thursday.

Village lifestyle coordinator Glenda Aurisch said the program was a hit.

"They were so excited and really thrilled to hear the children read and share interaction," she said.

"We have other local schools who come and visit us and we do projects here, but to actually go and do something like this at a school, it is a first for us.

"Often I think elderly people are at the receiving end of the system.

"It's nice for them to be of assistance to somebody else.

 


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