Sixth-graders in Saskatoon are experiencing an unlikely but life-altering school year. Instead of spending their time in the classroom, their days are spent at the Sherbrooke Community Centre, a nursing home. The founder of the iGen program, Keri Albert, came up with the idea after 18 years of teaching in a traditional school setting. She came to realize that the intergenerational component was missing in elementary schools. Albert stresses that “the purpose of the program isn’t just academics. We’re talking about their character development”.