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New England Regional

Renewing Ancient Bonds

Children and elders learn from each other.

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Newton grandfather Mark Yesley '59 may have helped some preschoolers at the Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center in Boston learn to play chess, but the lessons he took home from the kids were far more personal. "It had never occurred to me to do that kind of work. I never thought I could deal with young kids," says Yesley, 63, explaining that his wife did more of the child-rearing in their home. "I was the only guy in the whole school, so everyone wanted me in their classrooms. It was kind of nice. It also made me understand my own grandchildren a lot more, and have more patience." He has since moved on to other volunteer jobs teaching children.