An Adopt-A-Grandparent program is now in its third decade with students from Max Larsen elementary in Coldwater once a month during the school year coming to Maple Lawn to take part in an intergenerational activity with the residents of the care facility.
Third grade teacher Neva Lounds says on their first trip to Maple Lawn when it was where the county jail is currently located, one of the students said, ‘I wish my grandparents lived here. Maybe I'll find one at Maple Lawn”. Lounds said it made her realize how much the family structure has changed with many relatives living far away.
As if to affirm the idea, one of the nurses at Maple Lawn mentioned they have lots of visitors around Christmas, but not so many the rest of the year. So they decided each one of the students would adopt a grandparent. Lounds said it’s been a huge success with all the grades she’s taught. Each month there is a different scheduled event between the activity staff and Lounds and Maple Lawn pays for the bussing to transport the students monthly. For the initial September meeting, residents and their families provided the students with schools supplies to start the school year. In October, a “Get to Know You” activity and Halloween party was held. In November students made a photo frame with a picture of the student and grandparent together. A Christmas program & sing-a-long is planned for this month. Lounds called it such a rewarding program with the students learning so many life lessons.