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Copley Seniors piloting program with Copley High School

3/6/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Shown above, from left, are Copley High School senior Kerry Crowley and junior LeAnn Frank as they explain how to use a tablet to Betty Coben, a member of Copley Seniors.
Copley Seniors members Bill and Kay Daniel are shown above with Copley High School sophomore Johnny Grigson during a recent technology class at the school.
Photos courtesy of Copley High School
COPLEY — Members of the Copley Seniors group are enjoying a pilot program underway that is giving them the chance to learn from Copley High School (CHS) students.

Bill Daniel, president of the group, said the pilot program is allowing group members to take part in monthly classes introducing them to technology.

In January, CHS Principal Matt Young led a class that explained many of today’s electronic devices.

“He gave a presentation on each of the devices and how they could be used,” Daniel said. “He did a great job in the short time he had.”

For the second half of the session, 24 seniors were matched with about 15 students who worked one-on-one to explain in more detail and demonstrate the use of items such as iPads and smartphones.

“We got several great comments back from our group about how well the students were able to connect with them and explain in a language they could understand how to do something,” Daniel said.

In February, the class covered the Internet. Future classes will focus on using email, Word and Excel.

Daniel said the classes are already filled to capacity, but he is hoping that the group and Copley High School will be able to hold the sessions or something similar again in the near future.

“This is a pilot program that Copley High School is developing in collaboration with Copley Seniors at this time,” he said. “At the end, they will evaluate the goals achieved for further expansion.”

The classes are the latest activities for the Copley Seniors, which is now in its third year, Daniel said.

“We’ve probably grown a few members,” Daniel said. “We lose some who move away or because of health issues, but we have been able to maintain and grow a bit as word gets out.”

The group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at Copley Community Center, 1278 Sunset Drive. The March 26 meeting will get underway at 11:30 a.m., with attendees asked to bring their lunch. On April 23 at 11:30 a.m., the group will host Tula Serves, who was Ms. Senior Ohio and is a former Buchtel High School teacher.

The group also is planning its summer activities, which will include a picnic, as well as an outing to an Akron RubberDucks game.

Daniel said meetings attract about 40 people a month. Even with this year’s wintry weather, most members have been actively attending, he added.

The group is open to all seniors 55 and older in the local area. In addition to Copley residents, Daniel said there are currently Fairlawn and West Akron residents taking part.

For more information, call Daniel at 330-666-5582 or go to dragonweir.com/copley_ seniors/.

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