Grade 8 Connects with Residents of Linden Ponds

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Derby Academy Grade 8 students recently paid a "virtual visit" to residents of Linden Ponds Senior Living Community in Hingham. The event brought students and residents together for a virtual show and tell, with participants sharing personal items, favorite books, or significant stories from their lives. 

Derby Academy students Zoom with residents of Linden Ponds

During a typical year, Upper School students often visit residents of Linden Ponds to offer assistance and training with new tech devices like iPads and smartphones. Service-learning opportunities like these not only help residents learn how to easily send emails and photos, and stay connected to family members, but they also allow older generations to connect with younger students.

With health and safety measures in place, students were not able to visit residents in-person but instead logged in to Zoom to connect and share a meaningful afternoon together.

One resident shared his love of calligraphy, while another resident proudly displayed a picture of her as the Grand Marshall at Berkley School of Music with Willie Nelson and Chris Christopherson. As one resident shared his treasured woodcarving character sculptures, another retold her stories as a Derby student in the ‘50s, and her memories teaching art at the school.

Grade 8 students held up their photos of pets, shared their favorite books they’ve been reading during the pandemic, and told the stories behind their cherished possessions, like an acoustic guitar and a holiday ornament.

A special thanks to the residents at Linden Ponds for sharing a little about their lives, and for helping Derby students to connect and discover shared interests during these challenging times.