In the previous blog post, I shared about what last week’s Launch Party means to me. And now, I am excited to share some of our seniors’ reflections. I love how Hattie entitles her reflections, plain and simple: “We are growing.” I love how our seniors understand and believe that our original, still-ongoing class has the capacity to produce great changes well beyond our first classroom. And how Hazel talks about lasting “forever.”
I love how Beatrice says: “We are branching out. We started small and we are reaching out to everyone on the internet. My friends and family are very happy about this project. They say it is the best thing and has the right title.”
It’s true: the title is right. The Best Day of My Life So Far. From day one, this project was a miracle. And every day, it just keeps getting better.
Stay tuned for even more Launch Party stories. “Like” us on Facebook to see them as they get posted and see event photos! And remember, the purpose of our event was to officially launch our upcoming 8-week multi-generational storytelling class, so please help us invite all the seniors AND teens you know! The party has just begun!
The Story-Telling and Writing Class “Launch Party” at the Central Library on June 29th was well attended.
Throughout the program a huge video screen showed colorful photos of our activities. Also, a tasty buffet of fruit, cheeses, crackers cake and cookies along with fruit drinks were enjoyed by all.
We listened to our hostess, Benita, welcome us and speak about our new satellite class – “Our Best Day so Far” as she described outreach and genuine efforts to sustain what we are doing and to have more events to last forever.
Dee, our lovely co-leader spoke about the intergenerational involvement in our lives.
A prominent member of our class, Beatrice emphasized the value of putting our experiences on paper.
The reading of Joe’s story and a most eloquent talk by Mr. Gordon were both welcome treats.
Following this, Madi (our teen intern), Amy (one of the co-leaders of the new satellite class), Grace (AARP Associate State Director) and other officials brought us up to date concerning “Our Best Day So Far” slated to begin in July for eight weeks, meeting at the Central Library.
At The Library
Our class came to the Library. We met there at half past one o’clock on June 29th. We had lunch with the other people. The program was very nice. We met lots of friends. The members of our class spoke. Everyone liked what they heard.
Our pictures were on the screen. We got a chance to hear from other people. Everyone felt welcome.
We are branching out. We started small and we are reaching out to everyone on the internet. My friends and family are very happy about this project. They say it is the best thing and has the right title.
Hattie Lee Ellerbe
We Are Growing
Yesterday, Wednesday June 29, 2011 was an exceptionally happy and exciting day.
Our writing class was invited to meet at the Main Library on the Parkway to meet with and share stories with various cultures, ages, and backgrounds, and to launch “Our Best Day So Far” – an outreach initiative featuring a summer program. It was such a joy to hear from each participant. We were met there by Benita, Dee, Amy, and even a picture of our beloved Jill who recently moved to Australia. Many of the project’s volunteers were there and there were many expressions of love and appreciation.