Engaging Senior Citizens in Schools Parkland School District Community Stats 72 Square miles, suburb of Allentown Population: 46,000 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, presentations, etc. Get other student groups to talk about their achievements Generates amazing amount of goodwill – they have a connection to the superintendent 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 referral) 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.
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