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AMIT Sderot students help keep local seniors healthy

Students at the AMIT Sderot Religious Jr. and Sr. High School who completed a first aid course are taking part in a special initiative in their city to help senior citizens stay healthy, and foster intergenerational ties.

The 10th-grade students finished a 44-hour first aid training course that was run in cooperation with the Sderot municipality, United Hatzalah, and Amdocs Negev. They then joined a citywide effort called “Ten Kavod” (Hebrew for “show respect”), in which they visit senior citizens at daycare centers and in their homes and check their vital signs including blood pressure and pulse.

Every week, each student meets with a senior that he is responsible for “keeping healthy.” The weekly visits help forge special bonds between the children and the elderly, who enjoy having regular company and someone to listen to them.

“I return home with great satisfaction from my meeting with the elderly person I examine,” said Yigal, one of the students. “I see how the dialogue between us becomes more open and friendly from meeting to meeting. I anticipate the weekly meeting just as the senior citizen does.”

“We thank all the partners in this unique project, which gives students an extraordinary opportunity to contribute to the community, and opens a window to the worlds of science and medicine for them,” said the school’s principal, Assaf Ben-David.