Don Greiner, owner of Grace Living Center, attended the open house at The Commons and spoke to the group in attendance.
Greiner said the intergenerational situation at Grace Living Center in Jenks has improved the performance of the students which can be attributed to the one-on-one time the residents spend with the students.
"We can demonstrate that they read at a higher level than students who aren't in the program," said Greiner
The program in Jenks will begin its 10th year this fall.
said there are very few programs like it in the country and one of the reasons is it is not easy to get such an intergenerational program off the ground.
"This is really hard to do," said Greiner
"It takes a school system with a vision."
said to start a program like the one at The Commons or in Jenks, the community has to be involved and all parties involved must be more than willing to do the necessary work to start the program and keep it going.
"(The 4-year-old program at The Commons) is one of just a hand full three or four programs like this in the country," said Greiner
said it is not only the students who benefit from such programs.