Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) in Baltimore recently announced that seventh-grade student Ezra G. won first place in the national 2018 Legacy Heritage Better 2 Write competition. Ezra’s essay recounting his recent Better Together program experience exhibited a high quality of writing and earned him a scholarship toward an overnight summer camp as well as a generous award for KSDS to use for student scholarships.
Ezra was one of 30 students from KSDS and one of 332 students nationwide that participated in the Legacy Heritage Better Together program during the 2017-2018 academic year. The intergenerational program partnered students with senior citizens to complete an eight-month collaborative project that taught senior citizens about technology while educating students about the elderly.
During the project, students documented their experiences and submitted their final reflections to the national Legacy Heritage Better 2 Write contest. Of the 332 middle-school submissions, Ezra’s was considered to be especially meaningful and well-written. Ezra effectively demonstrated how the program impacted his feelings about seniors, aging, and the mitzvah (good deed) of caring for the elderly.