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Derby Ridge Elementary students learn from the Retired and Senior Volunteer program

Friday, April 30, 2010 | 7:37 p.m. CDT

 

Kindergarteners at Derby Ridge Elementary enjoy the company of 61-year-old Recil Skinner (left) and MU junior Lauren Morrison (right) during a rousing game of Candyland on Monday. Skinner and Morrison volunteer with a multigenerational program that works with kindergarteners to develop both academic and social skills.
Cameron Stout, 6, Recil Skinner, 61, and Abby Oreskovich, 5, select Candyland marker pieces at Derby Ridge Elementary on Monday. Skinner belongs to the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, which coordinates the multigenerational program that pairs a senior citizen with a college student to work with kindergarteners on "pre-academic skills and social skills."
Abby Oreskovich, 5, and Cameron Stout, 6, join 61-year-old Recil Skinner for a trip down the hallway at Derby Ridge Elementary on Monday. Skinner volunteers with a multigenerational program that pairs a senior volunteer with a college-age volunteer, who then work with two kindergarteners at a time to teach them social skills and reinforce classroom lessons such as colors, math and memory work. "We feel that it's a learning experience for everyone," Skinner said.

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