Over 100 area senior citizens braved the cold to celebrate the holidays with their neighbors at Western Row Elementary on December 13.
"This is one of the very best events we do," said Eric Messer, Principal. “It is an honor for us to share a meal with these very special members of our community.”
This year's event was even more special since it included a new tradition. Each guest received a heart-shaped wind chime that second graders made in art teacher Jeanetta Noble and STEM Lab teacher Kim Peters' classes. The STEAM outreach project utilized 3D printing, and clay. Students also shared a video showcasing what they imagined second grade was like for their great-grandparents, and how technology has impacted the world.
All the preparation and practice were obvious during the luncheon. Students, dressed in their nicest clothes, were the perfect hosts as their guests enjoyed a meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, rolls, and apple crisp. Following lunch, a third grade chorus led by Western Row Music teachers Caitlin Lindemuth and Marylee Vennemeyer, performed several holiday songs, ending with "The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Twelve students, each representing one of the days and playing a different instrument, went into the audience and selected seniors to help play their instruments during the song.
Each student representative was responsible for learning a specific job. Greeters, coat checkers, and escorts made sure guests were warmly welcomed and taken care of when they arrived. Food and drink servers were responsible for guests during the luncheon, while helpers mingled and socialized.
"These young people are terrific," said Dave Doty, Mason Christian Village resident. "We look forward to this every year!"