Presbyterian Home Visits
Service-learning takes many forms at WBS, including food collection for the needy and litter pickup in Newberry. A collaboration with the Presbyterian Home at Williamsport provides yet another opportunity for the children to learn outside of the classroom walls. Our Downstairs program includes our students visiting residents at the local Presbyterian Home. They read to the residents, play games and make crafts together. It's a heartwarming experience for our students, and the residents are always happy to see them.
Teacher, Stacie Shaw, established the relationship with the Presbyterian Home and their executive director, Renna Engel, about 4 years ago. (Prior to that, the school had been visiting with the residents of Sycamore Manor for about 6 years.) Engel and Lakatos agree that the intergenerational relationships that are formed through this experience are mutually beneficial to the students and the residents.
The program consists of biweekly visits by small groups of students in the kindergarten through second grade. The residents and students participate in a variety of activities that are planned alternately by the home and Lakatos. The goal of the program is to broaden their lives and to demonstrate that kindness makes an impact.