“The adults were once young”
The young have not yet attained adulthood. The young must learn to appreciate the wisdom of elderly people and learn from their life experiences.” – Lailah Gifty Akita.
The Grade 8 students were given the opportunity to interact with the elderly. It was truly a learning experience because everyone gained so much from them and developed different values that can help us later in our lives. We were oriented by subject teachers regarding this activity. It was not really new to us because we had previous interactions before, but with children.I didn’t expect that the elderly would be the same as children because they are already old so they want a quiet and peaceful environment.
Each section was given dates on when they were to go to Hospicio de San Jose, an institution for the elderly. 8-Compassion went on October 21, 2015, while 8-Simplicity and 8-Love on November 4, 2015. Lastly, 8-Hope and 8-Ora went on November 23, 1015. Given the different schedules, the elderly got to interact with different people. Before the trip, you would actually feel excited but at the same time nervous. Each section prepared a program for the elderly wherein selected people or the whole section would perform either a dance or a song number before the interaction. I can say that we learned a lot from the different experiences of the elderly. Some made us cry, laugh, be mad, etc. It was truly worth it because all the things that we prepared for them were truly appreciated, looking at the smile of the elderly. It ended with a special class performance of “Kasama kang Tumanda” which seemed relevant to the elderly with the smiles on their faces. We gave out tokens to them as well. The Grade 8 sttudents learned a lot from this activity given that the elderly have been here longer, they have gone through a lot of things. We must not forget about these people and learn to understand them because each one of them has his/her family but they do not get visited often so our visit hopefully brightened up their day.
By: Ana Margarita Chua, Grade 8 b- Compassion