Bookends Grandparents

  OUR GRANDPARENTS, OUR MEMORIES – CHOOSE TO CONNECT By Matej Silecky I have been working on a project that, it is safe to say, would not exist without the lifelong influence of all of my grandparents. The project, “Baba Babee Skazala” translates from Ukrainian to English as “Grandmother told Grandmother.” Basically, it consists of: oral…

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Every Life, A Lesson

Thanks to Vivien Orbach-Smith, Editor of The Grandest Love: Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection, for sharing this kudos on The Grandest Love Facebook Page: Congratulations to Jill Filipovic, one of the contributors to The Grandest Love, upon the release today of her first book, The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness. In this excerpt from her…

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Deerfield Mayor Announces Jerry Witkovsky Day March 20

March 20 will be been named Jerry Witkovsky Day in the Village of Deerfield, to honor the long time Grandparenting Activist’s 89th birthday. Please join Mayor Rosenthal at Deerfield Village Hall, 850 Waukegan Road, on March 20 at 7:30 p.m for the ceremony.   Read more about the honor and Jerry in the Chicago Tribune/Deerfield Review. Jerry Witkovsky is…

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A Grandparent Connection Theory of Change: Transforming Relationships and Community

  Grandparents have a transformative effect on their family when they teach their skills, manifest their creativity and give voice to their passions. I set up my first Grandparent Connection School Program at Deerfield High School in 2009. The Deerfield High School grandparent program is still going strong. Over 300 grandparents attended the star event…

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Deerfield High School Celebrates Annual Grandparent Day

“I learned from my grandpa what a traditional date was supposed to look like and how we were doing it all wrong,” said school Principal Kathryn Anderson in her welcome to 300 grandparents and special guests who attended the annual Grandparents Day program at Deerfield High School on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. While it was…

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Grandparent Freshman Kickoff at Deerfield High

“Be sure to tell us about sex and drugs,” advised Jerry Witkovsky, originator of the Grandparent Connection program, now in its fifth year at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, IL. But first, new principal Kathy Anderson kicked off the Freshman Connection program for forty or so grandparents who filled the faculty cafeteria for this special…

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