Students at Buena Vista University are bridging the generation gap in a different way. Twenty-one students will write a biography of a resident at the Methodist Manor.
The students and the residents met for the first time yesterday afternoon. They will continue to meet throughout the semester while the students gather information to write a biography of the resident. The students are members of Dr. Beth Lamoureux's Freshman Seminar class and Juanita Smart's Written Communications class.
While one purpose of the project is for students to write biographies of Methodist Manor residents, Lamoureux said it is also to help foster relationships between the students and the residents.
"This benefits both students and residents and it gives something back to the community," Lamoureux said. "The idea is to have the students develop relations with residents. We're excited about the possibilities."
This project, however, is part of a wider program at BVU to further interdisciplinary programs and provide community service in Storm Lake.
Students who are in Lamoureux and Smart's classes are part of a "Learning Community," which consists of two or more different classes that are linked together with the same students. Lamoureux said the purpose of "Learning Communities" is to integrate service learning into an interdisciplinary project.
Lamoureux said she works closely with her freshmen seminar class to instill a sense of civic responsibility. However, the students will need to write biographies for their Written Communications class.
Read the rest of this article in the 9/26 Pilot Tribune.