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Copley Seniors going back to school

10/3/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Superintendent Brian Poe, left, and Bill Daniel, president of Copley Seniors, speak to members of Copley Seniors during a luncheon Sept. 26
Photo courtesy of Bill Daniel
COPLEY — An effort is under way to encourage interaction between members of the Copley Seniors group and Copley High School students.

Bill Daniel, president of Copley Seniors, said he got in touch with Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Superintendent Brian Poe and asked about working together to benefit both groups. Poe and other district officials met with members of Copley Seniors during a luncheon at the school’s Tomahawk Room Sept. 26.

“We’re going to provide the group with an overview of what goes on in our district and our high school,” Poe said. “I think sometimes the only things people know is what they read in the newspaper. Our Copley Seniors can offer a lot to our high school students, and vice versa.”

Daniel said the group is open to a variety of ideas.

“We’d like to see something from the school, particularly the students, on educating or training us or teaching us on certain subjects, such as understanding computers,” Daniel said. “Among our members, that is a very high priority. We also talked about art classes and photography classes, and maybe auditing some of their classes.”

“What we need to do is gauge the interest of the senior citizens and work closely with them,” Poe said. “It’s a terrific group.”

Poe said the district has already had opportunities in place for senior citizens to see sporting events and performances in the district. The current effort aims to have more of an interactive relationship between the two groups.

“What we’re doing is looking for ways to get them actively involved,” Poe said.

Daniel said Copley Seniors members are looking forward to establishing more of a connection with the youth in their community.

“A lot of the seniors have lost contact with what goes on there,” Daniel said. “We want them to let us know what’s going on and have it kind of grow from that.”

“Our seniors have a tremendous amount to offer,” Poe said. “Their experiences are vast, from a family standpoint, as well as a professional standpoint. We’re looking at this to be ongoing. We don’t want it to be something for three months and then go away. A relationship such as this can be mutually beneficial. It’s something that both groups can glean something from.”

Copley Seniors meet monthly. For more details, contact Daniel at 330-666-5582.

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