The Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative Mentoring Group is in full swing this fall and having a great time with our Gaithersburg Elementary School participants. We started off the year with a field trip to the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Mentoring sessions include learning games, reading and discussions around character and values. As always, we start our sessions with dinner. They love being served by our dining staff and ordering from a menu, although we can’t get them to venture much past the hamburgers!
Asbury’s talented residents are always ready to provide special lessons. Former National Gallery docent Bobbie Carr led a lesson on art recently, which is pictured in the image with the model head below. In January, a “field trip” to Asbury’s AVTV television studio and to our Computer Lab is in store.
When the weather permits, we make time for outdoor games, which, along with our pool parties, are student favorites. Boosting self-esteem is the goal that underlies all of our interactions with these energetic and fun youngsters. And we feel like we gain just as much if not more from the relationships we develop with them through the school year.
If you are interested in joining the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative, or just stopping by one of our Friday morning meetings to learn more about us, please visit our Volunteering on Campus page or, if you’re an Asbury resident, contact Sharon Bennett.
Learn more about the LeadingAge award-winning Beloved Community Initiative‘s mission and programs.