Sunday, August 23, 2015

Teens and seniors dance up a storm at an intergenerational social gathering in Ansonia

Mary Ann Brozak dances during an intergenerational 'beach bash' at AHS

By Jean Falbo- Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

ANSONIA >> Teenagers learned how to do the “Lindy” Thursday, while senior citizens were schooled in the “Electric Slide” during an intergenerational event geared to bridge the age gap between the two generations.

More than 100 seniors from Ansonia and Derby senior centers gathered for a summer “beach bash” in the Ansonia High School cafeteria, hosted by student members of the Human Relations Club.

Though separated by some 50 years, the age gap between the two generations simply melted away as young and old alike enjoyed each other’s company for a cookout, games, dancing, ice cream and more. Students decked out the cafeteria with colorful paper lanterns, beach pails and baskets of shells, while playing summertime classics by the Beach Boys and more.

The club, comprised of nearly 300 middle and high school students from Ansonia, Derby, Shelton and Hamden, has held intergenerational events such as Thursday’s for the past eight years. Adviser Nick Collicelli said it’s important to bring both groups together.
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