2002-04-13 / Community

More Than 100 Seniors Going to BC High School

More Than 100 Seniors Going to BC High School

Senior citizens are once again welcomed at Beach Channel High School. Beginning Saturday, April 13, senior citizens will be taught, in large part, by Beach Channel High School student volunteers. Students will use this opportunity to fulfill part of their community service requirements. Bernard Gassaway, the school’s Principal, along with his seven-year daughter Atiya, will also teach a class. Classes are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, for five consecutive Saturdays.

Gassaway seeks every opportunity to bring his students together with senior citizens. He believes young people need to learn how to respect and appreciate the value of wisdom and longevity. "Although my students will teach the classes, I truly believe they will learn a great deal from the seniors," said Principal Gassaway.

Most seniors will be taught computer basics. Some will learn how to "surf" the Internet. They will also be advised on what to look for when buying a computer.

Students and staff are very excited about this latest volunteer effort. Volunteerism is not new to the students and staff of Beach Channel. In addition to various fundraisers, blood and clothing drives, the school is noted in the community for its annual Thanksgiving Day senior citizen dinner. This past year over three hundred senior citizens danced and dined with student and staff volunteers on Thanksgiving Day.

The seniors are going back to school after all these years for various reasons, ranging from wanting to learn new technology to needing to help grandchildren do their schoolwork.

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