For over 35 years, Newtown Friends School has shared a rich and diverse intergenerational program with Pennswood Village, an adjacent continuing care retirement community that is home to people ages 65–105. The program fosters relationships between students and residents, actively enriching the life of both communities.
By fostering these varied interactions with Pennswood Village’s vibrant residents, the intergenerational program lets students practice appreciation of and consideration for others while they make connections with these interesting and caring individuals. Children learn about historical figures, faraway places, and long-ago times from the perspective of those who experienced these things themselves. Residents serve as living examples of lifelong learning and service, contributing to the spiritual, emotional, behavioral, and intellectual growth of each child.