Viera High students, Legacy Club members hit it off


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Viera High junior Derek Perdomo works with Bob Commons, a member of the Legacy Club, on how to rearrange the icons on his iPhone.

photo by Carl Kotala

Derek Perdomo is a member of The Academy for Communication, Art + Design at Viera High School.

But on this day, it was Perdomo who was doing the teaching.

And his student was a 64-year-old man from Satellite Beach who was learning how to move the icons around on his iPhone.

“I felt a little nervous,” said Bob Commons, who was working with Perdomo.

“All of these young folks are good with computers and I … I fumble through it. I’m OK. I need a little bit of help. So I decided to come here and utilize the Legacy Club.”

Formed three years ago, the Legacy Club is a free program offered by Brevard Public Schools for residents age 55 and over. Members receive free or reduced tickets to sporting or theater events at Brevard Public Schools. There are also lectures and classes … like this one, which is known as Tech Talk.

Those classes are offered once every month at Viera High and once every other month at Melbourne High.

For both the students and the seniors, the class can have an impact far greater than the subject matter.

“They get one-on-one tutoring, so it’s not like you’re sitting at a Verizon class,” said Ginger Blair, who is the Communications Program coordinator for the school district and also serves as the Legacy Club coordinator.

“They’re getting more personalized service, but they’re (also) getting a chance to talk to kids and the kids are getting a chance to talk to the seniors.

“It’s been really great because I think it gives them a chance to see a side of the students and the students a chance to see a side of the seniors that they might not know.”

There are 5,000 Legacy Club members in Brevard and the Tech Talk classes are among the most popular.

Perdomo, a junior, enjoyed getting to work with the Legacy Club.

“I think it actually does help out with the older population who aren’t as used to this as we are,” Perdomo said. “We were born with these phones. We’ve basically lived with these. … It makes me feel really good to help people out.”

Commons has used his membership largely to get into sporting events — including many games in which the Viera Hawks are playing.

“We think it’s the best kept secret for entertainment in Brevard,” he said. “It’s so inexpensive, whether you pay $2 or whether it’s free.”

Now he’s got something else to look forward to

“I plan on coming back, because I really need help,” he said. “And these kids are so smart.”

For more information on the Legacy Club, contact Blair at 321-633-1000 ext. 644 or go to brevardschools.org