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Seniors, Students Gather for Thanksgiving Feast

Middle school students shared lunch with senior citizens during a Thanksgiving feast Nov. 19 at Patriot Learning Center.

Students created invitations and formally invited the seniors from a local church to the eighth annual feast. “It’s a fun way to connect with senior citizens of our community,” said eighth-grader Josh Curtis.

Over thirty community members were in attendance, including local firefighters. The Falcon High School Junior ROTC presented the colors before the food was served.

“[The students] shine when they’re around these seniors,” said Kim Brown, language arts and social studies teacher. Brown coordinated the event this year.

Each student was paired with a senior, many of which have routinely attended the event. They were escorted by a student in the gymnasium, where the pair sat at tables adorned with hand-crafted centerpieces and placemats.

“I think it’s a wonderful experience for these kids, and I’m glad we can help,” said Juanita Porter.

Conversations filled the gymnasium as the food, donated by families from the school, was served and shared.

“I think these young men are wonderful,” said Shelia Hutchison, who had never attended the event. “I’ll be here next year.”
 
Sixth-grader Gabrielle Lane, 13, exhanges email addresses with Lynda Carner during a Thanksgiving feast.
 
Gene Porter shares a meal with students from Patriot Learning Center Nov. 19 during a Thanksgiving feast.   
 
Eighth-grader Jonathon Mcgruder, 14, shares a meal with local firefighters Nov. 19 during a Thanksgiving feast.
 
Perfecta Sarson shares a meal with students from Patriot Learning Center Nov. 19 during a Thanksgiving feast.   
 
Shelia Hutchinson shares a meal with students from Patriot Learning Center Nov. 19 during a Thanksgiving feast.   
 
 
Kayla Maldonado
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