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					  Hillview Elementary
 students serve seniors
By KRIS MILLER                          "Last year was our first         thought of his elementary
Eagle Staff Writer                   attempt, and we still have sen-     school now.
  GROVE CITY - Kathy                 iors talking about it," said Ter-      "It's just fun to meet other
Berthold knew she would have         ri Persch, guidance counselor       people," he said.
something in common with her         at Hillview. By word-of-mouth,         Sixth grader Jordyn Wyllie
hosts before she even met            participation increased slightly    said she liked talking about
them.                                this year.
                                        While Berthold was a new-        everything with the visitors,
   "I like flip-flops," she said,    comer, her friend Helga Hassel      especially since they, "treat me
answering the question "What         attended last year's dinner.        like an adult."
kind of shoes do you like?"             "Everybody's so nice and            The children were all so
  The question was written in        friendly and the food was very      polite during the last dinner,
marker on a colorful leaf made       good," she said.                    Joyce Reedy of Grove City
of construction paper and               She recommended the event        wanted to come back.
placed in front of her plate.        to her friends and neighbors.
     It was one of many scattered                                           "I really enjoy talking to
                                        Student council members in       them," she said.
      over the cafeteria tables by   grades three through six greeted
    tudents at-Hillview Elemen-      their guests, served the meal          For Jane Rector, the food at
  ry School on Nov. 7, when 67       and visited with the seniors, but   last year's dinner is what
senior citteens attended a din-      they weren't the only students      brought her back this year.
ner as their guests.                 at the school involved in the          "They can come cook for me
  The second senior dinner           planning.                           anytime," she said.
was hosted for residents of             Each grade helped make              The food was donated by
Collegeview Towers and Fel-          some type of decorations for        Concept Foods of Pittsburgh,
lowship Manor in Grove City,         the event, like the place mats      with a choice of beef, chicken
many of whom were bused to           made by third graders or the        or fish along with side dishes
Hillview for the dinner.             pumpkin centerpieces made by        and dessert.
  The dinner was originally          fourth graders.                        Foley said he's proud of his
planned by AmeriCorps mem-              Anna Burtch, a fifth grader,
bers from the Keystone Smiles        said she was nervous at first to    students and hopes the dinner
Community Learning Center at         talk to the seniors, but thought    gets "bigger and better," every
Clarion University. Several          later it was fun.                   year.
members of that group provide           "It was cool to ask questions       "This has been a tremen-
regular learning support for         about their childhood like          dous success," he said. "The
the school and asked if they         what their school was like and      visitors have left happy with
could help plan an event as          what they learned," she said.       what the students have done."
part of their community serv-           Antonio Garcia-Smith, a fifth       After the dinner, the school's
ice program, Hillview principal      grader, said he wanted to know      glee club performed in the
Dave Foley said.                     what the senior citizens
                                                                         gym.

				
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