Social Distancing Not Social Isolation!
Since we are all asked to stay home and practice social distancing, we know some of our senior citizens may be struggling with loneliness or isolation. Let’s work together as a community to reach out to our friends, family, and neighbors who might be lonely and conduct an informal oral history project at the same time! Even if the senior isn’t lonely, this is a great chance to share a story, build community, and practice speaking and listening skills.
You may have heard of “one book, one community” types of events where everyone reads the same book. Well, we’re going to host a “one question, one community” event and pose a common question each weekday.
- Have your student call, text, or message someone important to you who is 60 years of age or older. This could be a friend, relative, or neighbor. The person doesn’t have to live in the Penn Cambria School District. After all, if they are important to you, they are a part of our Panther Community!
- Ask the “Panther Stories” Question of the Day and take a few minutes to talk and listen! We hope this question sparks a short conversation or an opportunity to tell a great story!
- Share with all of us by posting it to Twitter with the hashtag #PantherStories.
- This is a great chance to also practice good digital citizenship skills.
- Be sure the person you interviewed doesn’t mind if you share. It is fine to just use first names or simply say something like, “I interviewed my Pap”.
- Feel free to share appropriate pictures if you have permission.
- Be kind! Remember our audience may include young children as well as older students 😊.
- Of course, you’re welcome to just enjoy the experience and not share online as well.
Our First Question 3/23/20: What was your first car?