With the goal of bringing new life between communities and schools, the Fédération de la jeunesse Canadienne-française has launched a program called Vice Versa. This program aims to reinforce the sense of belonging and community involvement between students and their communities while encouraging personal and social development. This initiative will contribute to the vitality and blossoming of francophone communities that are in minority situations within the province while simultaneously shaping students’ identities.
For this project, the primary task for Vitalité 55+ and the schools is to promote intergenerational exchanges between seniors and younger generations.
This year, Vitalité 55+ is proud to participate in this program in collaboration with 2 francophone schools in Saskatchewan:
Every Thursday afternoon, our president, Michel Vézina, goes to the francophone school in Gravelbourg to teach dance to students from pre-kindergarten to grade 9. This activity is made possible thanks to the Vice-Versa project. A dance show will take place in early April!
As part of the grant program Vice versa, the students of the Boreal School went to the nursing home in Ponteix to do craft activities with the residents and also to dance for the seniors!
In Gravelbourg, several small projects have occurred throughout the year including virtual reading activities, gardening, and craft/art activities. From Christmas carols to a parade, students and seniors have been able to meet multiple times during the school year!
Contact - School Principal, Maryse Lavallée - 306.648.3105
In Ponteix, there are workshops for learning to read through historical subjects on First Nations and the Fransaskois region (via ZOOM) as well as arts and crafts activities. The students' artwork is displayed in the Village foyer.
Contact: School Principal, Amadou Touré - 306.625.3345
Students from the Industrial Arts class at St-Isidore school built flower pots for seniors at the Bellevue Foyer. They did a great job!
Congratulations to the students of École Boréale in Ponteix who painted for the St-Joseph foyer. The students made paintings individually and also collectively made a large canvas which they painted together. Today, this large canvas is displayed in the foyer and can be viewed by residents.
A big congratulations to École NDV for carrying out 2 intergenerational projects with the constraints linked to the Covid-19. Despite this difficulty, they still had virtual reading workshops with seniors from Zenon Park and recorded a play that was later presented to the seniors in the Zenon Park Manoir.