Brandywine Heights High School Key Club and Student Council opened up the school cafeteria to local senior citizens for the annual Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Luncheon on Nov. 19.
This event is used to thank senior citizens in the area for the knowledge and community support they provide our generation. This year the attendance was about 100 people.
Seniors citizens were served homestyle roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potato garnish, seasoned corn, cranberry sauce, rolls with butter, apple crisp, coffee, and other drinks. Some of this year's sponsors include Canada Dry and Savidge Farms.
Dr. Kevin Dolan, a chemistry teacher at Brandywine Heights High School and student council advisor, elaborated on how this event is made possible, “The school district makes a generous contribution and Student Council and Key Club fill in the rest.”
A council member of the community, Frank Jost, attended this event for the fourth time this year.
“I think this is a great event," said Jost. "This meeting is about the young and the young at heart. We need more of this. The citizens and the school district together.”
This event is held to give back to the community, but in truth it is also a bridge between two very different worlds.
“It’s a way for the kids to give back to the community and to past generations," said Kirsten Paxson, an English teacher at the high school and advisor of Key Club. "It helps our youth connect to our seniors and vice versa. It also helps to allay some of those stereotypes that either might have towards the other. It’s good for them to see our students do good, not because they have to, but because they want to.”
This event reaches out and warms the heart of people from every generation.
One attendee, Grace Lantz, age 100, said, “My husband is a veteran in the Korean War. I was born in Mertztown. This is just like homecoming all over again, just at 100 years old. It’s wonderful.”
Brandywine Heights Principal Matthew Dziunycz addressed those in attendance, saying, “We often think of what we are thankful for. I am thankful for working with the students and faculty of the district.”
Dziunycz also said prior to the luncheon, “It’s a cool event to be a part of as the principal of the school and to see all the work the students put in.”
In addition to serving food, students provided live entertainment. Brandywine Heights Chamber Singers performed as well as Grace DeOliveira, Nicole Longacre, Jenna Rotherock, and Abby Craft, the winner of this year's community Battle of the Bands.