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Bear N Mom - Christmas - 8th Graders Serve Senior Citizens

Updated on February 8, 2010

Today, I attended a luncheon that was unique in that it was a Christmas luncheon for senior citizens but it was served by the Eighth Grade Class at our local Catholic school.

I don't know if this is a common practice but the project in itself is one that I think combines all of the values that students should be learning. I grew up in a three-generation household so I just naturally became accustomed to dealing with and speaking with people who are advanced in age.

Today's luncheon was served to 90 senior citizens who were asked to make reservations and then just get there. I have to admit it was not well attended by the male population of our parish but everyone who did come had an excellent meal and got to converse with the students who were serving us.

There were nine tables of ten and all of the tables were full. Not only did the group of young people serve the meal, they had to plan the meal and prepare it. The main course was provided by a local restaurant but the potatoes, vegetables and salads had to be prepared by the students.

In this day and age it is refreshing to find a group of young people who show so much respect for our senior population. This time of year is normally reserved for the young and the young at heart. So many of our young people are seeking their own rewards. At this time of year, it's not unusual to hear "I want that or I need that toy or game."

After the luncheon group of seniors were then ushered into the church where all of the school children in each individual class sang songs. It reminded me of the recitals that my children did when they were in elementary school but this performance was put on for a generation that was more likely to be considered their grandparent's age.

Children who had special talents performed on flutes and pianos. Their music teacher treated us with a selection of songs which he accompanied himself on the guitar. All in all the afternoon was pleasant and one that these students can be proud to be a part of.


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