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