Grandbuddies Project is, first and foremost, about people. The following
individuals made this project possible and its success was due to their commitment
- Residents of Copeland
Oaks Retirement Community in Sebring, Ohio gave generously
of their time and talents throughout the project. They opened
their hearts to the children involved and became "teachers"
in every sense of the word. Their generosity provided the students
with the opportunity to view aging in a positive manner along
with an experience that will live on in their memories for many
years to come.
- The First Grade students from Mrs.
Weber's Class and Mrs.
Heban's Class at Greentown
Elementary School in North Canton, Ohio brought bright smiles,
open minds, and ready hugs to the project. Their enthusiasm and
willingness to learn served as a reminder of the project's purpose
to all of the adults involved.
- Lynn Weber and Valerie Heban suggested activities, created
lessons and materials, fit the demands of a large project into
an already "jam-packed" curriculum, met with the project
author evenings and weekends to plan, and were willing to
try anything they were asked to do. Without the efforts of these
two exemplary teachers the Grandbuddies Project would not have
- Shirley Faust introduced us to the Copeland Oaks community,
served as a contact person for the residents, collected our mail
and forms, volunteered as a Grandbuddy, and did everything and
anything else asked of her.
- Special thanks go to Mrs. Judy Takacs for providing delectable
baked goods at our meetings and to Paul Neiss, Principal, Greentown
Elementary School; Peggy McClain, Curriculum Director; Peg Deibel,
Instructional Supervisior; and Diane Flad, Treasurer, from the
North Canton City School District for their support of this venture.
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