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Tuesdays with Morrie Experience

As part of their English class, our eighth graders recently read the book Tuesdays with Morrie. On Halloween, they took a special field trip to The Good Samaritan Home to spend time interacting with the residents there. Students Colleen Meacham and Jesse Kunst wrote a piece reflecting on the book, their experience at GHS, and what tying the two experiences together taught them. 

As younger children, we always saw our grandparents as role models. The chance to go to Good Samaritan Home allowed us to relive that feeling. In our eighth grade year, the first book that we read as a class was Tuesdays With Morrie. The book touches on the subject of ALS. It tells the story of a man and his college professor who reconnect after years of not seeing each other. In the book, Mitch reconnects with his professor Morrie, and they have a multitude of conversations about a variety of important life experiences. They change Mitch’s perspective on life and death and make him a better person. After we finished the book, Mrs. Craft asked the class if we wanted to give back to our community by visiting a nursing home. 

Going to The Good Samaritan Home, we were a bit hesitant. Anticipating who we would be with and what they might be like was nerve-racking. Once we were seated, we quickly realized that we had nothing to worry about. The next hour and a half was very enjoyable. While we were there, we got to play Bingo with the residents as they told us a little bit about themselves. Meeting new people and learning about their lives allowed us to erase the stereotype that senior citizens are difficult to connect with. 

This project gave us a chance to apply the knowledge that we received from Tuesdays with Morrie into the real world. One way that we did this was by deciding to start fundraisers to support ALS and the Good Samaritan Home during the second semester. At Evansville Day School we had never gotten to do a project like this before. We got the chance to not only read about why the stereotype that senior citizens have nothing to offer to the world is false, but to learn through real-life experiences. This changed our perspective on life and the importance of living it to the fullest.