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Echo Park school will house new senior citizens center

ECHO PARK — Do kids and senior citizens play well together? Echo Park will soon find out as the city prepares to open a “mini-multipurpose” senior center at the Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy, a K-8 charter school.

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said that Echo Park’s new and only senior center will be dedicated on March 17 after the City Council approved a $1.6  million contract to establish and operate the facility. In addition to traditional services catering to the elderly, the center will also operate two programs intended to connect senior citizens and students. One program would involve having the seniors tutor the students in academic subjects while another would have the adults mentor the the kids on healthy eating and active lifestyles, according to city documents.

Saint Barnabas Senior Center of Los Angeles and the Pacific Region Older Adult Services and Information System would be paid to set up and operate the Echo Park senior center.

Funds for the center had been approved some time ago. But the opening was delayed in part  until a final agreement could be reached with  L.A. Unified,  according to city documents.

The center’s services will be targeted to those 60 and over with the  “greatest economic and social need, and with particular attention to low income minorities,” according to the contract. The center will be open at least eight hours a day, Monday through Friday.

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7 comments

  1. Sounds like an interesting idea.
    However, how will the seniors help the students with the new math? There is simply no way that would work as it is being taught in a very different method from how they learned it. Kids today actually still need to learn the basic facts and tables- maybe that is the help they will provide.
    Unfortunately, I seriously doubt most senior citizens eat a modern healthy diet. The seniors I have encountered still believe meat is essential and are not aware or do not mind if their food is non-organic, antibiotic laden, contains GMO’s, locally sourced, sustainable, etc.
    Having said that, seniors can offer the kids a lot. I hope they focus on tech-free childhood and history! The kids will surely brighten their day, as well!!

    • Doesn’t sound like the seniors are giving homework help, it’s the other way around. I assume the kids are going to show seniors how to use computers, the Internet, help with English, etc?

      • I was commenting based on what the article says, “One program would involve having the seniors tutor the students in academic subjects while another would have the adults mentor the the kids on healthy eating and active lifestyles.” The article got the information from the city document. If you click and read it, you will see for yourself. However, what the contract reads and what will really happen still has yet to be seen.
        I hope both can benefit from each other!

  2. BTW, the school mentioned is a PUBLIC charter. There is an attendance boundary as it was built on Eminent Domain. If you live in close proximity, this is your assigned school.
    For some reason, the school is listed incorrectly on all home sites and most see the word charter and feel they must enter a lottery. Not the case, it must accept you if you live in the boundary.

  3. Very cool !

  4. “How will the seniors help the students with new math?” Give me a break. The teachers can do that. The seniors can listen to them, play with them,look at their art, tell them stories, share a meal, and be a part of the community. It sounds wonderful to me for both the seniors and the students.

    • Katrina! I am wondering why oh why you would find it necessary to be unfriendly here!
      The article clearly states they are implementing intergenerational academic tutoring. The very mention of this put the image of math assistance in my head, so I made that comment even though I am pretty sure that won’t happen,
      If you would have read to the end of my comment, instead of immediately responding about the math (which, btw, the teachers can not get through to many of the kids, as the school had to hire numerous tutors for math), you would have seen that I have the same view as you- and I quote as you quoted a tidbit of my same comment, “Seniors can offer the kids a lot. I hope they focus on tech-free childhood and history! The kids will surely brighten their day, as well!!”
      In the future, please read the entire comment and re-read the original article before making hateful comments in an effort to keep things civil here! We are all neighbors and there is no need to bite off each other’s heads, especially when we are in agreement!!

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