Lemont students, seniors connect through... cookies
|Lemont High School students and seniors from Franciscan Village work together to make sugar cookies on Dec. 11.|
Cookies can bring the world together.
That proved true earlier this week when Lemont High School students gathered with residents of Lemont’s Franciscan Village senior living community and baked and ate sugar cookies together.
The gathering was part of an effort from students in family and consumer science classes to get to know the older generations.
Teacher Jenna Stevenson-Peterson said her class focuses on aging, dating, relationships and family.
"We teach about marriage and children and it usually stops at children; but (life) doesn't just stop right at marriage and children," Stevenson-Peterson said. "So, we learn about the aging process as well."
Betty Udell, volunteer coordinator at the Franciscan Village, said the activity wasn’t just for the students, though.
"A lot of our seniors don't have their family around here or they out-lived a lot of their family members and it's an activity for them to interact," Udell said. "They just love the students and love to come out and do this kind of activity."
She is hoping to partner with Stevenson-Peterson to have the seniors come back each semester.
Franciscan Village resident Fran Paylo enjoyed the day with the students.
"It's important for us to associate with the students; it keeps us young,” she said.
Lemont High School freshman Ashley Mathews learned how to bake cookies at the gathering, but she also learned that in some cases, age is only a number.
"I pictured something totally different," Mathews said of the experience. "I didn't think we would be interacting as much as we are and Virginia (one of the seniors) is running all over the place."
Franciscan Village resident Virginia Williams is 95 years old and wowed Mathews with her enthusiasm and energy.
Williams was popping around to each table getting a look at everyone’s sugar cookies, checking the ovens and instructing her group on how to make the best cookie.
"I love young people and I like to be active,” Williams said. “I like to see what the (students) are doing and what’s going on in the world. I don’t like to sit still.”
For the residents of Franciscan Village, Udell said partnering with the high school is a way for the seniors to give back to the community and build an understanding that the retirement home is part of the community.
"They think that everyone is in beds in a nursing home and it's not like that," Udell said. "We wanted them to learn that with this class."
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