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UCPS students partner with the Sheriff's Office to honor Senior Citizens
More than 500 Union County senior citizens witnessed firsthand Tuesday (Oct. 29, 2013) the talent and caliber of students within the Union County Public Schools system.
About 45 UCPS high school students performed during the 17th Annual Senior Appreciation Lunch held at the Union County Cooperative Extension Center by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Union County Crime Prevention Committee.
“These seniors (citizens) appreciate the gifts of the younger generation,” said one of the event’s organizers, Sheriff’s Lt. William Thompson.
Thompson, who oversees the School Resource Officers (SROs) who work in the Union County Public Schools, said many of those in attendance have grandchildren in the school system.
The Sun Valley High School Navy JROTC performed the Presentation of Colors and then wowed the crowd with their precision drills. These talented 15 young men and women have been invited to participate in military drills at Pearl Harbor in December.
Parkwood High School student Hannah Killian entertained the audience with a rousing acappella rendition of the National Anthem, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
About 30 members of the Forest Hills High School Choir performed several songs, showcasing not only their harmony, but their choreography as well.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Andrew Mullis said the students also pitched in after their performances by helping to serve the seniors beverages during the lunch.
The luncheon was decorated with student artwork sent from all 30 UCPS elementary schools. Some of the artwork was used as table centerpieces. The Wingate Elementary artwork took a first-place ribbon for their table decorations, while Rock Rest Elementary entries were given a runner-up ribbon.
The purpose of the annual luncheon, Thompson said, is to honor the county’s senior citizens and to offer them safety-related information. Tuesday’s event featured topics on crime trends and the fraud that is aimed at seniors. The guest speaker was Attorney General Roy Cooper.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Oct 29, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe