This is an article from Benton County, one of Blandin Foundation’s Get Broadband communities.
66 year old Judy Nybakke can now look forward to the e-mails and digital pictures she will soon receive from her 4 grandchildren living in Paso Robles, California.
“We don’t see them very often, but now I hope we can e-mail and see more pictures of them playing baseball this spring,” said Nybakke.
Milton and Judy Nybakke live at Heritage Place independent senior apartments in Foley. The Heritage of Foley Campus was awarded a technology grant to contribute to the costs for two computer stations. One station is available at the Foley Nursing Center for residents and their families to use. The second station is located at Heritage Place apartments and is available for tenants and their families.
The computers are welcomed additions to the campus. The added benefit to long-term residents, short-term residents, and apartment tenants is priceless. The computers will provide a chance to research any topic on the internet, check e-mail, play computer games, and an endless list of other functions that computers fulfill.
In addition to the grant, “Get Connected” provides the opportunity for networking within our own community. Heritage of Foley, a campus which provides many services to seniors, will also benefit from the connection made with the Foley School District.
As part of his administrative internship, 2nd grade teacher Curt Rock is working with the Foley Nursing Center and Heritage Place to pair up the tenants/residents with a Foley High School student. The students will be helping the tenants/residents with e-mail, doing research, and sending and receiving photos.
“I think this is a great opportunity for the students to build community bridges with the seniors in Foley,” says Rock. There were over 40 Foley High School students interested in participating in this program. Some students have started working with the tenants/residents and more will begin as soon as they can. Rock adds, “I see this partnership continuing into the summer and moving into the next school year with the addition of other high school students.”