Generations

To the Editor:

It's been almost two years now since the Intergenerational Center opened in the city of Plymouth. In that time, Martha Laning, Marsha Vollbrecht and their staff have done an incredible job of growing the center into a facility that provides educational services and recreational opportunities for a whole range of age groups.

Stop by any day of the week and you'll probably see someone working on a puzzle or reading a good book in the library or a group playing billiards or pingpong. They might be playing cribbage or sheepshead. Some of the high school kids might be passing along their computer skills to us. There are arts and crafts. Some enjoy Wii bowling or working out with the fitness instructor. Maybe someone is getting help with taxes or getting info on physical ailments. There are so many things going on, you just won't believe it.

On the upper level, children are cared for and learn valuable life lessons in the licensed day care area. Many come from single-family homes and might not have an adult role model. They might find one here.

Head Start and the Family Resource Center are also located here, both wonderful organizations.

There are a great number of people that use the center. Attendance is higher than ever imagined, but there's room for more. It is available to anyone of any age. It's not just a Plymouth thing either. It's for all of Sheboygan County.

Meals are also offered every day of the week and are available to anyone. They do a great job with that service.

And don't forget to say hello and thank the many volunteers that work there.

The center really is a treasure. Let's remember, the center was built with mostly private contributions and help from a federal grant. While the city of Plymouth did kick in some monies, I believe they need to continue to support Generations with sufficient funding so that it can carry on with its mission. Let's not drop the ball on this unique venue. Please check out their website at plymouthlntergenerational.org. Better yet, stop in. We'll play a game of straight pool.

Thank you.
Steve Sartori
Plymouth


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