Year 7 and Year 8 pupils from Conyers School in Yarm taught residents how to use IPads and IPhones, while other residents who preferred more traditional fun enjoyed games of dominoes and Connect Four with the youngsters.
The visit was part of a community cohesion and active citizenship outreach programme run by Conyers School.
Barbara Holton (86), a resident at the home, said: “I’ve never won anything in my life. Thank you, you’ve made my day’, after Owen Hutchinson (12) showed her how to play a ’21’ card game and how to calculate using an iPhone.
The residents were so thrilled with their new friends that several of them pleaded for the students to stay, with one resident showing her appreciation of the visit by singing a traditional Irish folk song.
Lin Cordey, Manager at Ayresome Court, said: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to the staff and students from Conyers School who visited us. We were overwhelmed to see how maturely the students interacted with the residents, assisting them to get around and chatting to them about their pasts – who said anything about a generation gap!
“We’re more than happy for the students to visit us whenever they like as it was an extremely valuable experience for both residents and students.”
Chris Rance, ICT teacher at Conyers School and a Leader of Conyers in the Community, said: “The students did both their school and community extremely proud with the level of maturity and compassion they showed to residents.
“We would definitely like to visit the home in the future as the students gained a lot out of the experience and it is a fantastic way to ensure that our students leave school as well-rounded individuals with a strong community spirit.”