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Parkwood High School feeds area senior citizens

Jessica Jordan, 17, a Parkwood High School senior and Honor Society member, chats with one of the seniors treated to lunch at her school.

About 100 senior citizens were treated to lunch Wednesday, (April 14, 2011) at Parkwood High School, a way for the school to honor and give back to the community.

"This is so we can reach out to the community," said Parkwood High School principal Jan Hollis. "We picked 10 area churches that have supported the school over the year and invited their seniors to come have lunch."

Hollis also invited her teachers to have their parents and grandparents to enjoy the lunch. Julia Tsitouris, a third-grade teacher at Western Union Elementary even took advantage of the event and joined her mother for lunch.

"This is really extra special thing to be recognized," said Tsitouris' mother, Doris McLean, who lives in the Roughedge Community. "This was a wonderful idea. My grandchildren are here, too. They're students here. I saw them both and I got my hugs."

Possibly one of the oldest lunch guests was 95-year-old Prospect resident Edith Plyler. "This is great," she said. "It's really fun."

Jessica Jordan, 17, a Parkwood senior and National Honor Society member, said she enjoys the luncheon because it honors older residents. "It's nice to give back to the elder population because they've done so much for us. It's an honor to serve them."

Hollis said the luncheon, first held this past Thanksgiving, is a huge success and she plans to do it twice a year. "It's our way of giving back to the community."

One Parkwood student, Vickie Reyes, made bookmarks for everyone to take home. The school's art department painted colorful table runners, while the school's horticulture classes contributed by putting flowering potted plants on the tables as decoration. The National Honor Society members served the seniors their meals.

Also as part of the luncheon, the school nurse offered free blood pressure checks to those in attendance, while the school's exceptional needs students sold hand-made jewelry.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Apr 15, 2011 by Don Mace

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