Building Bridges, as the name implies, is a social vehicle that offers younger and older generations the opportunity to interact and become engaged in issues concerning our society. This program purposefully brings together people of different generations in ongoing, mutually beneficial, planned activities, designed to achieve specified program goals.

Through the inter generational program, people of all ages share their talents and resources while supporting each other through building relationships by engaging in literacy activities for both the individuals and the community. On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Bates Middle School kicked off its first community partnership gathering. The session was grand! Students and community partners reflected on the 212 degree motivational video which encourages students to go the extra degree.

Students were asked, “Will you make a little extra effort and accomplish big results?” Students applied the “Text-Dependent Analysis” strategy in determining a response for the question. Each group was tasked with creating a new quote from the original quote.

At the conclusion students and community partners surmised that, many of life’s failures are men and women who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.  The one extra degree of effort separates the good from the great.