SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – Every year, knowledge is passed down from one generation to the next, but, sometimes, it can be the other way around — especially for one group.
The Gold Card members meet four times throughout the year. They get the opportunity to visit schools all across the district in an effort to learn of all the new things students are being taught.
Monday, the group met at John Harris Elementary School to learn about the school’s Gifted Program.
“As we get older, we still love to learn and this is a great opportunity for us to model what we want our kids to be doing,” Gold Card Member Kathy Coulter said.
“I think they enjoyed seeing what’s happening in the schools and seeing what our gifted kids are doing,” Gifted Program Teacher Jeff Dixen said.
Not only were they given an informative sideshow on what the program is all about. But they even got to work with the gifted students.
“They came over to our tables and presented a project for us and, let me tell you: most of us aren’t gifted, so we had a little bit of a challenge with it. But the students did a great job explaining to us what we needed to do,” Coulter said.
Coulter was in awe of how much has changed since her days as a school principal.
“It’s certainly changed from when I first started, but Mr. Dixen did a fine job explaining about the importance of hands-on learning, not only for the gifted children but the regular children and all children because the more involvement you have in the actual project and the thinking project, the greater learning for kids,” Coulter said.
“I think it’s important for the – you know, I think a part of this today was educational for the gold card members. To let them see, not only what happens but a little bit about the history of the program; the positive things going on in the school system,” Dixen said.
Show that there a plenty of golden year ahead.
“We have a wonderful Sioux Falls School District, and I was with it for 35 years and this was a great example of how it’s continuing,” Coulter said.
It’s free for those who are 60 years and older.