Dear __________________________________________ [student]
Your teacher has recommended you for the Grandfriends Project. This is a
community service activity in which you are being asked to share your time and
talents with senior citizens who would like to enjoy your company. Projects
like this have been done in the past at various local schools. Here at XYZ High School our goal will be to study aging and then visit residents at
____________________________ [name of nursing home or facility] located in
I think this can be a rich and satisfying experience because you will learn a
lot about yourself and make some new grandfriends at the same time. In the past
we have met some very interesting people. One man invited us to his place to
see his collection of bonsai trees, another time an older woman shared her
favorite book with her student visitor. In another project, students
brightened the lives of the older residents when they brought in dogs from the
local animal shelter. Some students play cards and or Bingo with the residents, help
wheel people around, or assist with feeding. Most of the time we just like to
sit and talk, share time and our company.
We will visit residents at the ABC Nursing Home and Care Center for about 30
minutes. This gives us time to stop at a local fast food place to discuss our
experiences and plan the next visit.
The program will begin with about four training sessions at our high school
and include two get-acquainted visits at the ABC Nursing Home and Care Center.
You will need to fill out various forms for the center as well as the school.
In Washington state we sometimes need to include a State Patrol background
check which is required by law for volunteers. (However, having an arrest
record does not automatically exclude someone because each case is determined individually).
Visits require that you participate both 5th and 6th periods. Our visits will
take place every other week. We are also exploring the option of granting a 0.5
credit for students who complete 20 hours of service, finish written
assignments, keep a journal, and write a final report about their experience.
This project begins in the fall semester and ends in May.
The Grandfriends Project will emphasize good work habits such as punctuality,
professional appearance, team work, communication and responsibility. We have room for 8 people in our school van. If we have more than 8 we will develop a waiting list for alternates.
Your first task is to talk this over with your Learning Support teacher and
your guardians. Your Learning Support teacher will then clear the way for you
to attend 5th and 6th period every other week. Be sure to bring this paper and
the attached forms with both sides completed and signed by your guardians. At
the first meeting, you'll get the forms for the ABC Nursing Home and Care Center .
If you have any questions please see me in Room 314, or leave a message in my
mailbox in Building C.
If you want to join the project, plan to show up the first meeting with papers
signed by your guardians and teacher. We will meet at ________________[place],
during ______ [period], on _______________[date].
Project Coordinator, XYZ High School