By Bonnie Allen, CBC News, June 25, 2017
Students in the iGen program spend the year learning lessons about life and death
Walking down the hallway of a long-term care home often triggers an urge to whisper for fear of a “shhhhh” from nurses. But that’s not the case at the Sherbrooke Community Centre in Saskatoon.
Twenty-five Grade 6 students roam the halls, throwing out waves, hugs and high-fives to residents.
They are taking part in a unique intergenerational program — known as iGen — that embeds an elementary class inside an advanced care home for the entire school year. The Saskatoon program is a first in Canada.