Bridging Generations is a program where second through sixth grade classes are matched with facilities for monthly visits during the school year.  The students and elders participate together in activities such as arts and crafts, life histories and other projects related to the school's curriculum.  Over the year, youth and elders develop friendship, providing a very gratifying experience for all involved.

Marin County Schools Currently Participating:

Mark Day School - Visiting Aldersly in San Rafael

Lu Sutton Elementary - Visiting Atria Senior Living in Novato

Brandeis Marin - Visiting at Drake Terrace in San Rafael

The Cove School - VIsiting at Ageis in Corte Madera

Greenwood School - Visiting at Bello Gardens in San Anselmo (home of Juanita the Duck)

Star Academy - Visiting at Alma Via in San Rafael

Saint Rafael School - Visiting at WindChime in Kentfield

On May 17, 2017, was the last visit for Bridging Generations students from Star Academy and Alma Via residents.  Star Academy in San Rafael is a special education school for students with learning disabilities.  You can't believe how well it has worked this year.  So much so that these same students will be back next year even though they  will be a grade higher.  Their teacher said one girl even cried if the resident she visited was too sick to come out when they visited.


Here are four pictures from their last visit.  The last one is so poignant I got tears in my eyes as student Bennet says goodbye to resident Joe, who is over 100 years old.


Sometimes we get so bogged down in our daily lives that we forget how much LITA means to so many.