Pay it Forward: Next Generation Kids

Pay it Forward: Next Generation Kids (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) A Utah teacher's program is bringing the youngest and oldest generations together.

It's called Next Generation Kids.

Shannon Greinert teaches private kindergarten at Bear Essentials Academy in Taylorsville.

Every other week, she brings her students to Sunridge Assisted Living & Memory Care Center in West Jordan.

"We just come and do crafts, mostly, with the residents," Greinert said.

The students and residents also will go on field trips together and the kids do Christmas programs and more at the center.

Greinert's goal is to teach her students important lessons like kindness and compassion.

"I think that they have a lot to give each other," she said.

But both young and old have benefitted from the program.

Sonny Hiskey worked with kids for years as a crossing guard, and looks forward to seeing these kids every week.

"This makes my day," he said.

Greinert has seen the lives of her students improve, even calming some behavioral problems.

And residents' lives have been changed, too.

"It helps them to remember and feel loved and feel needed," Greinert said.

Some residents have even been taken off some medications.

"It improves their quality of life," Greinert said.

All of the supplies for the activities for Next Generation Kids come out of Greinert's pocket, with some contributions from Sunridge.

"Every single bit of it is worth it," she said.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to the program to help keep it going.