Lafayette school and Alder Bay renew partnership

Bill Ruff, administrator of Alder Bay Senior Living Center, presented a check for $500 to Lafayette School’s RAH Reading Program.

Bill Ruff, administrator of Alder Bay Senior Living Center, presented a check for $500 to Lafayette School’s RAH Reading Program. Alder Bay gives its seven employees one hour a week to come to the school and read to kids and check fluency and comprehension. For their part, Lafayette students travel to Alder Bay and interview residents for the school’s newsletter, participate in arts and crafts, and perform skits. Alder Bay residents are invited to attend school activities such as Apple Days, school assemblies, and seasonal performances.

According to Ruff, “The bond between Lafayette’s students and our seniors is very unique. The students learn about the seniors’ history and who they are. For their part, the seniors enjoy the energy and laughter of the students.”

Jim Sanders, principal at Lafayette, stated “It’s a win-win situation. Our students are exposed to a whole different aspect of our community. They learn to give back to the community. And our kids receive extra help in reading from Alder Bay employees.”

This is the second year of the school’s partnership with Alder Bay. For more information contact Jim Sanders, principal at Lafayette, at 441-2482.