Senior Center hosts "Intergenerational Literacy Day" Aug. 4

The Ralph J. Froio Senior Center will be hosting an Intergenerational Literacy Day celebration, in conjunction with the Marilyn Hamilton Sports and Literacy program, on Thursday, Aug. 4.

The event will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Onota Lake Controy Pavilion located in Burbank Park. Storyteller Carolyn Calandro of Falls Village, Conn., the celebration’s guest reader, will present an interactive program for both seniors and youth.  Food will be provided by the Springside Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center of Pittsfield.

Intergenerational programming has been promoted by the Massachusetts Council on Aging as a positive experience for all participants.  The Froio Supportive Day Program has historically partnered with a variety of youth programs such as day care centers, high school vocational programs and college internships.  The program is a leading provider of respite care for individuals with dementia and their families. 

The literacy concept was developed by the Supportive Day staff and began with the Supportive Day “Happy Club” members visiting the Berkshire Athenaeum in May. Following that visit guest readers were invited to read to the group at the Froio Center and participate in a discussion afterwards. The readers included Minister Keith Evans, Heart to Heart Ministries of Pittsfield, and the following city employees: Justine Dodds, Housing Specialist and Fair Housing Officer; Vincent Marinaro, Director, Council on Aging; and Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Director of Administrative Services. Other initiatives included a reading exchange with the Hamilton program, allowing the seniors to read to children and the children to read to seniors.

For more information, please call Vincent Marinaro at 413-499-9346.