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Road Scholar : Meet the Participant
It was not yet noon, but the temperature inside the Grand Canyon was already soaring toward 100 degrees, and as the raft dipped through the rapid, the splash of the Colorado River provided welcome relief for Mike Zoob
9-year-old granddaughter Gwendolyn.
Ask Gwen to recount her
favorite memory from her
Intergenerational adventure with "grandpop" Mike Zoob
and this is the story she
, it was the climax of an unforgettable adventure.
it was the culmination of a week spent celebrating his
bond with his
"This program was a special event in my life," he
"Time spent with one's grandchild experiencing new things, particularly when it's just the grandparent and grandchild without the familiar presence of parents, creates a priceless opportunity for bonding with and learning about each other."
The program (Program #2520, Exploring Sedona's Red Rock Country and the Grand Canyon by River) cast Mike
in the role of participant in the type of educational experience he
has been helping make available to older adults for 35 years.
As the first official employee of Road Scholar
and two colleagues worked together in 1977 to create a not-for-profit organization that would bring Marty Knowlton's and David Bianco's revolutionary idea to fruition.
says, "it's taken for granted that older adults are inquisitive and adventuresome, many of them with the means and the desire to travel and do interesting things.
That was not the case in 1977."
Through the years, Mike has served Road Scholar in virtually every capacity, working to make its educational adventures available to an ever greater number of adults.
is well-acquainted with the gifts these programs provide to lifelong learners, though up until his
program with Gwen he
had never experienced an Intergenerational learning adventure.
That all changed this year, when he
arrived in Arizona not as an employee, but rather as a grandfather and participant, and discovered that even a veteran of the organization can learn a lot on a program.
"There was time for interacting one on one with Gwen," he
explains, "and then there was the pleasure of watching her
try things outside of her
granddaughter has inspired him to continue to explore with Road Scholar
as a participant.