Avon Grove offers new benefit for seniors
The Avon Grove School District has started a gold card program for senior citizens to come to school events.
PENN >> The Avon Grove School District has started a program aimed at making it free for senior citizens to come to school events. It is called the Gold Card Club.
Director of Educational Support Systems Tom Alexander said the Gold Card Club is one way that Avon Grove School District recognizes and honors senior citizen members of the school community. It provides an opportunity for senior citizens to take advantage of the programs and events provided by the school district. All residents of the Avon Grove School District who are at least 62 years or over would be eligible for membership in the Avon Grove Gold Card program.
“We talked about it before we discussed budget cuts when we had a communications audit about senior citizens,” he said.
Alexander said they had senior citizens reaching out to them, and when discussed with Superintendent Christopher Marchese he told Alexander that his old district had something they called the gold card.
“With it, we hope to connect with our senior group. We want them to see how great we are,” Alexander added. This is how it works: It gives free admission to all Avon Grove School District events such as plays, musicals and concerts in all district schools with the exception of fundraising events and events sponsored by school-connected organizations such as Home and School Associations, Band Boosters, etc., where admission is charged. These organizations may make their own provisions for accepting Avon Grove Gold Cards.
It gives free admission to regular season Avon Grove School District athletic events; however, events sponsored by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association are not included in the Avon Grove Gold Card program.
The Avon Grove Gold Card becomes effective on the date of issue and provides lifetime membership. The card is only valid when the member is present and is not transferable.
According to the district’s community website, gold cards can be obtained by doing one of the following:
Download, complete and print a Gold Card Application (PDF). Or pick up an application at the school district’s administrative office located at 375 S. Jennersville Road in West Grove.
Completed gold card applications should be returned in person to the district administrative office. Seniors should bring an identification card with them when they sign up.
For questions regarding the card, call Cathy Santiago at 610869-2441 or email csantiago@ avongrove.org.
Once the gold card application plus proof of age (over 62) is brought into the district office, the card will be produced on business-card paper and laminated.
Alexander said he got the word out by doing a tour of senior communities and the YMCA.
He said if any senior resident of the district has difficulty coming in or dealing with the internet, a friend can come into the office on their behalf and administrative staff will aid in solving the problem.
Alexander said getting the senior population involved in the school is good for the district as well as the seniors.
“It’s better for the people to be engaged in the system so they can appreciate our plays, technology and facilities. They are part of the community,” he said.
Shown is the new Avon Grove School District Gold Card.