Consider a second career in childcare

By: Alexis Bentz

Fed up with the inflexibility of the typical public-school curriculum, and passionate about working with children, PJ Lents of Palo Alto, Calif., founded the Periwinkle School — a “young 5’s” program for children transitioning from daycare to kindergarten — that she operates in her own home. Referring to her own school-age rebellion against the lack of creativity and... READ MORE

Local students envision a winning city

By: Alexis Bentz

If you could design a city that facilitated aging, what would you include? Students at the Edlin School, a private school in Reston, Va., did just that — and recently won a first-place award for their innovations. Students Vinay Ayala, Lucas Ribeiro, Nikhita Kuntipuram and Nikhil Kuntipuram recently competed in the 26th Annual Future City Competition. This contest, open to sixth... READ MORE

Communicating across the generations

By: Alexis Bentz

Alexis Bentz is a high school student who writes for the Beacon about ways older adults and students can learn from each other and develop better communication. All humans have an innate need for connection. We crave social interaction and thrive when we are surrounded by friends and loved ones. At the same time, we also have a natural fear of putting ourselves out there to make new... READ MORE

Be a happy camper with your grandchild

By: Alexis Bentz

If you attended a camp as a child or teenager, you might remember the meaningful experiences you enjoyed, or the long-lasting friendships you forged. You may also yearn to go back to those days of s’mores, sing-alongs and summer sun. The good news? Just because you are no longer a kid doesn’t mean you can’t go to camp. There has been a recent increase in the number of... READ MORE