Saskatoon program turns long-term care home into Grade 6 classroom

Long-term care resident Jodi Grant says teaching the students enrolled in Saskatoon’s iGen program has given her ‘a reason to get up in the morning.’ (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

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.

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