Students at Pangburn High School in Arkansas wrapped up a series of computer classes recently-as the teachers, and not as the taught.
Their pupils were senior citizens, who were taught how to become more comfortable and capable with computers, said Janet Reaper, adviser for the school’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America.
“The students were looking for a community service project, and I thought this would be a good one,” she said.
The students asked people at the Pangburn senior citizens center whether they would be interested in computer classes. People age 60 to 90 signed up.
The classes were held twice a week over a three-week period. About half the class did not have computers.
The students began by teaching the senior citizens how to play solitaire on the computer and then went on to teach them word-processing programs, graphics, and fundamentals of navigating the internet.
“I think the people really enjoyed it, and the kids really enjoyed it, too,” Reaper said. “People were asking if we were going to do it again, so we probably will.”