FULLERTON, Calif. – After months of video recordings and interviews as well as hours of revisions and editing, fifth graders from Laguna Road Elementary School in Fullerton, California, returned to Morningside retirement community and Park Vista Health Center to present the residents with a digital record of their life stories.
More than 70 fifth graders from the school interviewed and recorded 40 seniors over the past several months to capture a memorable experience from their lives. Working in teams, two to three students used iPads to record the seniors and turn their interviews into finished digital biographies. The residents’ stories ranged from a Navy pilot’s memories of flying reconnaissance missions during the Vietnam War to a hair-raising tale of alligators during a family vacation.
The biographies were presented to the residents at a wrap-up celebration showcasing a few of the completed videos. In addition, each resident had a chance to watch their video using iPads and headphones at the event. The school district will also provide the seniors with a copy of their biography to share with family members.
Developed by the Fullerton School District, the Story Angel program is now in its second year as part of the district’s iPersonalize curriculum. The program also meets the state’s standards for Narrative Writing and Listening for the fifth grade.
“Story Angels is one of the best activities we do all year,” said Wes Kriesel, Director of Innovation and Instructional Support for the district. “The magic of this program is in the relationships the students and seniors develop throughout the process. We are thrilled by the growth of the program with more than 40 residents participating this year. We look forward to a longstanding partnership with Morningside and Park Vista to enrich the lives of both our young people and the residents who have so much to share.”
Morningside resident Amy Wong said, “The two 10-year-old girls I worked with were very smart. I thought it was an all-around great experience.”
Resident Jack Nichols added, “I really enjoyed the program and am already looking forward to next October when a new group of fifth graders comes to Morningside and Park Vista.”
About Morningside of Fullerton and Park Vista
Morningside of Fullerton includes 326 residential living residences. The community offers a complete package of services, activities, amenities and food service, as well as convenient access to the adjacent Park Vista Health Center for assisted living, memory care and long-term care in a skilled nursing center, if ever needed. The community is also less than a mile from St. Jude Medical Center, one of Southern California’s most respected hospitals. More information can be found at www.MorningsideofFullerton.com.