Senior Citizen Brunch in Style at Cherry Avenue
Cherry Avenue Hosts Senior Citizen Brunch
Well-groomed fifth graders greeted their invited guests at the entrance doors of Cherry Avenue Elementary school on a very special day. The school community was hosting their first Senior Citizen Brunch for select residents from Bristol Assisted Living facility, as well as senior citizens from the West Sayville area.
In every effort to make their guests feel welcomed, helpful students escorted the senior citizens to the so-called “Multipurpose Room.” However, once the guests arrived, there was absolutely no question that the major purpose of this festively decorated room was for very fine dining. Tables were beautifully set in autumn colors, and adorned by centerpieces handcrafted in Mrs. Laxton’s art classes by the students. In addition, writing pads “Wishing You a Festive Fall” were at every place setting as take-home gifts for each guest. Helping with the finishing touches (providing floor lamps to give the room ambiance), Principal Dr. Lisa Ihne also greeted the diners with pleasant smiles and conversations, while Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Dr. John Stimmel, dropped by to say hello.
Aromas from the buffet tables promised of mouthwatering delectables: crepes with fruit sauce, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, ham and potato hash, pancakes and French toast, along with quiche Lorraine, fresh fruit, and assorted baked goods, all prepared and served by the ESBOCES culinary students under the exceptional direction of Chef Barry Rosenthal and staff.
In addition, for their dining pleasure, the guests were treated to the soothing musical selection: What a Wonderful World, performed by the Fifth-grade chorus, under the direction of music teacher, Kristi Woerner.
The brunch, an idea developed by the Cherry Avenue Site-Based committee, proved a tremendous success for everyone involved. Fifth graders who volunteered to setup, socialize, or clean up, also practiced their social skills and showed great respect for the senior citizens they met; in turn, the local residents truly enjoyed getting acquainted with Cherry Avenue's marvelous elementary students.