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How many teenagers do you know that want to spend their free time volunteering to make a difference in the lives of seniors? Well that’s exactly what a group of students from a Reedy High School is doing. The students are volunteering to spend time with and get to know the senior residents at Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco, an assisted living and memory care neighborhood, to engage with and learn from seniors they wouldn’t normally meet. The students have been getting to know the seniors through various group events, and recently teamed up with them during the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The students and seniors even write letters back and forth as pen pals to connect on a more personal level. By joining generations, the students’ and seniors’ lives are enhanced and all involved experience a sense of importance and joy. 

“Being able to spend time with the residents has been a wonderful opportunity to learn from an older generation,” said Katie Bigelow, high school sophomore. “It’s been incredibly rewarding to get to know the residents and help them out around the community. I enjoy helping others, and I like knowing that I’m doing something worthwhile with my time. My classmates and I are excited to see how our relationships with the seniors at Mustang Creek Estates continue to grow and how we can make an impact on their lives, like they have made on ours.”

Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco partnered with the students at the beginning of this school year to start Joining Generations – as the student group is called – to help connect the students and the residents. The goal is to build relationships and share wisdom across generations. Both the community and students look forward to seeing how the relationship will continue to grow in the future.

“The residents always look forward to the times they get to interact with the students,” said Penny Tipton, activity director at Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco. “They are honored to share their lives with a younger generation and build relationships that have a lasting impact on the students and themselves.” 

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