ARCANUM — Arcanum Schools treated approximately 110 seniors at its fourth annual Senior Citizen Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday afternoon.
Marge Alexander of Greenville said, “I’m probably the oldest one here. I graduated in 1942 from here and I come here every year for the luncheon.”
Alexander said she drove to the event and sat with a group of women, one of which was her youngest sister, Rosalie Ross.
“There were five of us [siblings],” said Alexander, the former Marge Drew. “I’m the oldest.”
She said she used to work at Stanley in Covington.
“I’m well blessed,” she said. “I’m still going strong.”
She joined the others who came for a meal consisting of grilled cheese sandwiches made by the Family Consumer Science class, choice of chicken-noodle or vegetable soups made by the cafeteria staff, desserts and beverages.
Superintendent John Stephens welcomed the group the luncheon, while three TV screens behind him were showing activities of the students. He announced that there would be entertainment from the high school choir and jazz band, and as they entered, the guests heard the music of the middle school wood ensemble.
“I graduated from here in 1994,” Stephens told the crowd. “I’m very blessed to live in a supportive community. I owe a lot to the community for supporting me when growing up.”
He introduced the three principals, the new resource officer and the planning committee.
“Enjoy your lunch and the entertainment today,” the superintendent concluded.
According to Stephens, the holiday luncheons began four years ago when High School Principal Jason Stephan came up with the idea to recognize the older people of the community who support the schools.
Stephan was seen pouring coffee for the luncheon guests as they ate.
Stephan said student art work was on display and that they would play games with the guests with door prizes being awarded after the meal.
Sponsors making the event possible were The Rose Post, Sutton’s Foods, Brumbaugh’s Fruit Farm, Greenville National Bank, Arcanum-Butler Schools’ cafeteria staff, the bands and choir, the FCCLA classes, elementary middle and high schools student councils and Arcanum custodial staff.
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