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Letter: Story may spur seniors and schools to connect

To the Editor:

Thank you for the wonderful picture and article you put in the paper about my mom, Olive Roome, talking to kindergarten children at Sunnyside (R-E, Feb. 22).

Looking at the hands that were raised to ask questions, I imagine the kids were well engaged as they listened to a 100-year-old woman tell what life was like when she was a child. What better way to teach history than to have a living example in front of their eyes to tell them about every-day life before television and computers. History is so much more than dates, events or even stories about famous people.

Five-year-olds can hardly grasp the concept of being 100 years old, yet they are fascinated to listen to someone who lived long ago. Older children should be even more interested to learn from people who lived before World War II.

Though most senior citizens aren't 100 years old and may be uncomfortable speaking before a room full of children, I hope seniors who read your article are encouraged to connect in other ways with schools and children. What they can impart to kids about the attitudes, values and goals of earlier generations can be life changing.

Donald Roome

Red Wing