Engaging Senior Citizens in Schools
Parkland School District Community Stats
72 Square miles, suburb of Allentown
Total Students: 9,000
Free & reduced lunch: 6%
Budget for senior citizen engagement: $15,000
1. Dinner concerts
2 Senior Citizen Dinner Concerts - one each in Fall and Spring - $6000
400 seniors at each dinner $7.50 per plate. They sign up when the newsletter comes out.
Feed them in your cafeteria
Tie in school concert
Recruit student volunteers to serve food and create activities
Recruit administrators to volunteer
Develop a theme/use this time to communicate with flyers on the table,
Get other student groups to talk about their achievements
Generates amazing amount of goodwill – they have a connection to the
2. Adult Education Series
Seniors sign up through newsletter, classes expose them to your facilities, your teachers,
the students. They feel they are getting something in return for their taxes…they feel
vested in your community. Use waiver release forms for exercise classes.
AARP Driver Refresher Course - $10/head
Water Aerobics – use community volunteers to teach and pay lifeguard $20/hour
Use water aerobics teacher at $20/hour (use Aquatics Exercise Association for
Computer courses – Intro to Excel, Word, Using Digital Cameras, Editing Digital
Photos, Intro to Computers, Tips on Buying a Computer or Digital Camera, Intro
to Email, Intro to the Internet (1 or 2 classes each)
Teachers make hourly rate ($34.80)and are also given 1 hour prep time for each
instructional hour (same as professional development policy)
Ballroom dance ($5/person/hour), 4 week class
Cooking ($22 per hour plus materials)
Forever Fit – teacher teaches class
Fall 2006 – 380 registrants for classes.
To see a sample of our registration pages – visit:
http://parklandsd.org/publications.php and click on the September 2006
Newsletter at the bottom of the page and view pages 4 and 5 of the newsletter.
Set up an automated RSVP line.
3. Volunteers in Education Tax Rebate Program
Seniors volunteer to provide instructional support to students and/or teachers. They work
one-on-one with students or small groups who need remedial help in academic subjects to
reinforce basic skills. They can also help non-English speaking students increase their
skills in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing English. Eligibility requirements:
Paid property taxes in full
60 years or older
Owned & Occupied Residence
Maximum rebate of $500
Volunteer service in secondary schools
15 rebates in 2006-07 totaling $3,128 (district with 12,000 students and about a
40% free and reduced lunch rate)
4. Senior Citizen Tax Rebate Program
Helps alleviate tax burden of seniors living on fixed incomes. See handout.
5. Other ideas
Invite them to events/open house, hold a senior citizen prom, bus tour, tour a new
school/facility, work with Agency on Aging to share info, visit over 55 communities with
information, tailor communication to your target audience.