|What are the costs involved? Are these significant in a full immersion project?|
Everything we do has some cost, though that is not always registered as dollars and cents paying out, over and above what already was budgeted. The cost for IG projects is calculated in two places: staff planning time, and if necessary, transportation of the participants to one another's locations. The other costs are within the range of normal operation of each group.
Crafts and cooking are generally covered by the normal budget of a classroom and a seniors' facility, and donations are another resource (i.e. yarn for knitting, bits of ribbon etc. for spring bonnet making.)
As the classroom set-up in a full immersion project is minimalist, one truck trip will easily relocate chart paper, an ‘office' box, a play equipment box, and any furniture that cannot be secured at the centre. Generally centres have fold down tables and extra chairs available during the weekdays for the children's use.
Students will pare down their requirements and bring much of what they will need in backpacks on the first day at the new classroom, freeing the teacher of responsibility for this added material.
Intergenerational immersion is one of those rare events that costs little and gives back huge returns, and this ensures accessibility and sustainability of the project.
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