Recently, some DAMS 7th graders learned firsthand about resiliency from older adults in the community. Fourteen adults visited students in the middle school’s Digital Communications classrooms on three separate occasions in April and May. They were interviewed by students about a time in their lives when they had to be resilient. Students recorded the interviews, and using their technology skills, created an edited DVD for each participant.
Pictured are students presenting their older adults with the DVD and a thank you note for taking the time to come into their classes. At the end of the presentation, the older adults shared information about their experience. One adult jokingly said, “I feel bad for the rest of you, because I had the best three students of all.” Another adult said, “this was really a lot of fun, coming into the classroom and getting to know the students, thank you for letting me be a part of it.”
This project was facilitated by Digital Communications teachers Laura Kruschek and Holli Mair, with help from RSVP of Dane County and the DeForest Area School District’s LINK-ages Committee.