Toledo Public Schools officials announced today an expanded partnership between the district and the Area Office on Aging.
The new initiative, the Golden Apple Program, aims to encourage students to volunteer at senior centers around the city and to bring more senior citizens into the schools.
Superintendent Romules Durant said that could mean senior citizens who lived through historically significant events could be brought into classrooms to supplement information students are learning about – like World War II.
The partnership is key, Mr. Durant said, in building intergenerational relationships.
During the winter months, the schools will be open to senior citizens who want to walk through the hallways for exercise, Mr. Durant said at a news conference at Bowsher High School.
The partnership will also allow anyone 62 years and older, who live within Toledo's city limits, to attend athletic events for free.
For admittance, seniors will have to show their driver's license or another form of identification, along with proof of residency, at the main entrance of any game.