The “Adopt-A-Grandparent” program at Franklin High School was created this year by Astha Berry as a volunteer opportunity primarily for National Honor Society (NHS). However, any student who likes to help people and bring happiness to those who may be lonely is welcome to join.
When asked about why she decided to pursue the program, Astha said, “After I realized that, unfortunately, a lot of the elderly living in assisted living facilities don’t receive any visitors, we began to strive to connect high school students to these elderly who don’t have anybody who visits and show care for them.”
For those students who are busy with a job and all of their other activities involving world-betterment, the schedules are extremely flexible and can be individualized for each student.
Grandparents are happy to know that somebody cares about them and love the youthful energy that high school students provide. The students have an enriching experience by learning from these grandparents in an inter-generational bridge. When it comes down to it, the program is just all about showing care and compassion – something that everybody deserves.
Some people do not get much emotional care and do not have many people to talk to, and the grandparents who have already met with their high school counterparts all have had an emotional and positive response.
With this program, students can get their volunteer hours while truly helping those who are in need of basic companionship.
If you want more information about Adopt-A-Grandparent, or would like to take part in this amazing program, contact Astha Berry and help to make an elderly person have a much brighter day.
You can “like” the program on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/AdoptAGrandparentWI