Do you want to help spread joy? Are you interested in learning about local history from people who actually lived it? If you answered yes to either one of these questions, you should consider joining the newest club here at Ramapo that two freshmen are endeavoring to get off the ground. Members of this new club will not only visit the residents of various assisted living facilities, but they will also document and compile the residents’ memories and stories about what life was like in the FLOW district when the residents were children and young adults.
Nicoletta Carmichael and Katelyn Finnan are spearheading the effort to bring together two generations of FLOW citizens so that both generations can learn from each other while enjoying some fun activities. Carmichael explained that she came up with the idea as a result of visiting her great-grandmother in an assisted living facility. The freshman elaborated, “I would visit her and her friends, and they would always be so happy to see me. In this club we want to make the lives of people in these facilities brighter.”
If you want to have fun, spread some good cheer and experience local history through the eyes of Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Wyckoff’s teenagers of the 1940s and 50s, then keep a look out for the date of the first meeting of this new club. You will certainly learn a lot and who knows, someday, if you are lucky, you may be the person talking to teenagers about what life was like at Ramapo in 2019.
By Sarah Chagares