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EPC students to help senior citizens with technology

TYRONZA, AR (KAIT) -

A grant will soon help senior citizens enter into the digital age.

Thanks to a nearly $20,000 grant from the Ritter Family Endowment, East Poinsett County High School seniors will soon help Tyronza senior citizens learn more about technology.

Tyronza Mayor Charles Glover said the idea came about when he was speaking with the high school principal, John Kelly.

“He and I were talking about how we can engage our students in community service,” Glover said. “EPC has a program that if students get 75 hours of community service they can actually get a high school credit.”

Kelly came up with the name Seniors Helping Seniors to help push the grant forward.

The grant money has already been used to buy new laptops, kindles and audio visual equipment for the senior center.

“The audio-visual equipment will also help our senior citizens center develop into a place that we can lease out for meetings and that type of opportunity,” Glover said.

Glover said while the program is to help the senior citizens, he knows the partnership will do much more.

“It is our hope, and we firmly believe that our high school students will learn as much from our senior citizens as our senior citizens will learn from the high school students,” Glover said. “We want to bridge the gap between those generations.”

They plan to start classes in late September. 

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