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Interview and publish stories of older generations

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Stamford, CT | Added on January 08, 2015 At 08:45 PM

Too often, the stories of our elders go unheard. And when they leave us, those stories go with them. 

So Westhill High School junior Rhett Hoskinson found a way to make those stories heard. Just down the street from Westhill is the senior living community Brighton Gardens. Calling it Brightening Brighton, Hoskinson started a club where students visit the seniors weekly to heat their stories. 

The idea bloomed this school year after the junior heard his grandparents' stories (who were both journalists) Each month Hoskinson features a resident's story in the school paper, The Westword. He says stories like the one of his last interviewee, 89-year-old war veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient Paul Levi, can teach his generation a lot. 

On Thursday, award-winning author Sheryl Kane joined the students at Brighton Gardens to share her own experiences collecting the stories of older generations. Hoskinson says he hopes to eventually make a booklet of the stories collected at Brighton to share with the residents and others. 


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