3rd Graders Create Intergenerational Fairy Tales

PCDS 3rd grade students, in partnership with Cadence Living, recently participated in Senior Stories, an intergenerational fairy tale writing project developed by PCDS 3rd grade teachers Gina Saltonstall and Nichole Dawson. The program aims to leverage learning while creating priceless connections - particularly welcome in an era of challenging social isolation. 

The PCDS student teams worked with their teachers to interview residents of Cadence Living communities via zoom meetings, where they gathered personal information and anecdotes to create fairy tale stories about the lives of each senior who was interviewed. The teams collaborated to build out their story and created an electronic book that was then read to the featured senior by the students via zoom meetings. 

  • Interview with Roberta, a resident of Andara Senior Living in Scottsdale, by PCDS students Cate, Liam, Stella, Rohan and Neriah and their teachers. Roberta’s Story is The Magic Pen.
  • The Girl Who Could Talk to Horses by PCDS students Sienna, Dylan, Gaby and Leighton is a magical tale about Sharon, a resident at Inspira Arrowhead located in Glendale.
  • Misty in Hollywood by PCDS students Alexandra, Khalid, Boden and Evie tells the story of Misty, another resident at Inspira Arrowhead in Glendale.
  • The Tale of Arline and the Bookmark Dragon by PCDS students John, Ali, Alex and Alexis is a fantasy tale about a library adventure had by Arline, a resident at Andara Senior Living, a Cadence community in Scottsdale.

Cadence and PCDS are making the Senior Stories writing project available to all with the hope of inspiring students everywhere to virtually engage with their grandparents, elderly neighbors, and residents of senior living communities in a fun and educational way. Cadence Living and PCDS encourage all to post their stories to social media with #SeniorStories.

Getting started is easy.  Just follow the steps below to create your story.