EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 25, 2013

Timberlane students, seniors are good buddies

Students and seniors share friendship and fun

By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
jmackenzie@eagletribune.com

---- — PLAISTOW — There’s nothing like sharing breakfast and a tour with a good friend to start the day.

That was true for nearly 40 Timberlane Regional Middle School Student Senate members and their Senior Buddies yesterday.

The program, now in its third year, matches 38 students in sixth through eighth grades with some 60 seniors.

The seniors, some of whom likely could be their buddies’ great-grandparents, hail from Atkinson, Plaistow, Sandown, Danville, Kingston, Hampstead, Brentwood and Newton.

Sue Sherman oversees the program through her role as TRMS Student Senate adviser.

But she wouldn’t give up the seniors’ ages.

“But, we are extremely young at heart,” she said. “I like to think we are not senior citizens, we are recycled teenagers.”

Sherman teaches science at TRMS and is chairman of the town’s Elder Affairs Committee.

“We have World War II vets who are still bowling and hiking daily, ladies who knit, do yoga and Zumba weekly,” Sherman said. “They are active, happy and want to be with young people.”

Next up is a Valentine’s Day luncheon, where the students cook and serve, and a trip to the Portland Flower Show in March.