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November 14, 2007 > Cargill teams with the city of Fremont

Cargill teams with the city of Fremont

Submitted By Suzanne McCarthy

As part of its longstanding commitment to education at every age, Cargill is giving $5,000 to the city of Fremont Human Service Department to support its Senior PenPal Project.

The goal of the project is to create an opportunity for elementary-school children and older adults to "bridge the generation gap" and get to know each other through letter writing. It allows older adults to share their wisdom and meaningful life experiences with their pen pals, while providing the opportunity for young people to interact with older adults and overcome stereotypes about the elderly and the aging process. Learning the mechanics and value of good letter writing is another positive aspect of the project.

Cargill's gift will help expand the project to five sixth-grade classes in the cities of Fremont and Newark. The donation will also help pay for a coordinator to oversee the success of the project and manage teen high-school volunteers who will help motivate the younger students.

"This program is about connecting the generations," said Suzanne Shenfil, human services director for the city of Fremont. "Cargill's support will enrich the lives of everyone who participates in the Senior PenPal Project."

"At Cargill we believe that people should never stop learning," said Gene Chauffe, facility manager at Cargill Salt in Newark. "We're thrilled to be partnering with the city of Fremont in support of this unique opportunity for lifelong education."

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