National Geographic : 1991 Mar
In this case, though, the "seniors" aren't upperclassmen; they're a group of active, energetic folks from a local Senior Citizens Center. This unique approach to learning isthe brainchild of Christine Bideganeta LaRocco, an English teacher at Boise High School in Boise, Idaho. Chris teaches students who sometimes have difficulty in school. Convinced that the most important lessons aren't always learned inthe classroom, Chris creates situations that teach her students valuable lessons about life from first-hand experiences which emphasize sharing. This includes a host of activities with friends from the Senior Citizens Center. Afterwards, the students write about their experiences. The results testify to the power of these encounters. Says Chris, "Their writing has revealed deep personal feelings which are the most poignant lines I have ever read in student compositions.' But good writing isn't the only aim. "Trust, understanding, empathy-these are values that must be taught to today's youth,' says Chris. "When today's families can't pro vide experiences to develop these attributes in their children, school can fill the gap:' State Farm is proud to honor Chris with our Good Neighbor Award; we're also delighted to contribute $5,000 to Boise High School in her name. Chris LaRocco. A good neighbor who shows us how ahand offered infriendship can reach across generations. STATE FARM INSURANCE ® STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES Home Offices:Bloomington,Illinois The Good Neighbor Award was developed in cooperation with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).