“We will take the curriculum for grade six and we will bring it to life,” Keri Albert promised a group of residents, students, staff and school board officials at Sherbrooke Community Centre.

Keri Albert will teach the grade 6 class at Sherbrooke Community Centre.

Keri Albert will teach the grade 6 class at Sherbrooke Community Centre.

Albert will teach the new grade six class set to open at the long term care home in the fall. The intergenerational classroom, also known as the iGen classroom, brings students into the care home to learn the curriculum and also about “compassion, kindness, collaboration and communication,” according to Avon Whittles, director of education for Saskatoon Public Schools.

Sherbrooke Community Centre is an affiliate care home of Saskatoon Health Region that operates under the Eden Alternative philosophy which strives to ensure a thriving home environment for residents and reduce loneliness, helplessness and boredom. There is already a daycare at Sherbrooke where toddlers interact with residents on a daily basis. Other meaningful activities for residents include gardening, art and music. The grade six classroom will benefit residents but also help grow a generation of people who respect and understand people with disabilities and older adults in a unique way.

Students and residents of Sherbrooke were on hand to hear about the innovative new approach to learning at the care home.

Students and residents of Sherbrooke were on hand to hear about the innovative new approach to learning at the care home.

“Students are already an important part of our community,” says Suellen Beatty, CEO of Sherbrooke Community Centre. “Young people and older people are an inspiring mix of energy and wisdom.”

The classroom will accept 24 students. The school board has scheduled an open house on Wednesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Sherbrooke for any grade five students and their families interested in learning more about the program. Learn more at www.saskatoonpublicschools.ca.