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MICHAEL J. MULLEN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Riverside School District life skills students Kristy Keister and Michael A. Emel use a computer to track activities of clients at United Neighborhood Centers’ West Side Senior Center in Scranton. Kaitlyn McCourt of Community Options Inc., right, supervises.

MICHAEL J. MULLEN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Riverside School District life skills student Kiara Diehl plays bingo with clients Lucy Hein, left, and Margaret McGraw at United Neighborhood Centers West Side Senior Center in Scranton.


Kiara Diehl and her new friends waited for the next numbers.


B-3. G-51. O-64.


For Kiara, a sophomore in Riverside’s life skills program, and the senior citizens who attend the West Side Active Older Adult Community Center in Scranton, a new program is a winning combination.


Through the Wilkes-Barre-based nonprofit Community Options, Kiara and several of her life skills classmates spend a couple of hours each school day at the senior center. There, the students make copies, coffee and friends.


“It’s fun,” Kiara, 17, said…

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