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Students and seniors share lives and stories
at PWL Wainwright

December 18th, 2018

Every Tuesday for the months of November and December, a group of 36 students from Wainwright High School and their teacher have been meeting with a group of residents at Points West Living Wainwright. The visits, part of the school’s mentorship program, have taken place throughout the PWL community; independent living, supportive living, and in memory care.

Sharing life stories and lessons

Every fall, WHS teacher Sandra Grunow helps pair students with the residents. “Residents who take part in the program have expressed an interest in getting to know a student,” explains recreation coordinator Shauna Lee Carlson, “and are willing to share life stories and lessons with them along the way.”

Student stops at home to pick up the dog

“It is a way for everyone involved to learn from each other, and to enjoy a visit or activity with one another,” says Shauna Lee. “One of the students even stops at home first to get her dog, so he can be part of the visits (photo)!” 

Excitement around the building

“I love to hear the excitement around the building when the students are here,” says Shauna Lee, “as well as the lunchtime chatter of the residents after the students have gone back to school.” Their final visit was the Tuesday before Christmas.

Photo: Wainwright High School student Luke Grunow (who happens to be teacher Sandra’s son) reflects on life and lessons over a game of pool with his buddy, PWL Wainwright resident Don Guy.

More great photos at Flickr: Students and seniors share lives and stories at PWL Wainwright

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