RHS honors senior citizens

| December 17, 2015

WEST LAFAYETTE – Senior citizens in the Ridgewood Local School District were treated to dinner and a show Dec. 16 at the school.

The annual event included a presentation of the play “It’s a Wonderful Life” by the drama students, a meal served in the cafeteria by student council members and the chance to win door prizes. Around 200 people registered for the event and Principal Todd Stoffer was happy to see them all there.

“These people paved the way for all of us,” he said. “They put in hard work and went through hard times and were all about raising their families. I see this as a way to give back to them for all they’ve done for each and every one of us.”

Jamie Schwab, who has twin sons in the 10th grade at RHS, enjoyed the event with her mother Barbara Goedel.

“It’s a nice event for the community and a good way for the elderly to get out and see each other,” Schwab said. “My mom has Alzheimer’s and is at the nursing center, but I make sure she gets to this every year so she can enjoy dinner and a show and be with people her age. A lot of schools don’t do things like this for the elderly.”

Stoffer believes the senior citizens dinner was started sometime in the 1980s.

“We are a small community and kind of like one big family with these people being the backbone of it,” he said.

Both Stoffer and Student Council Advisor Julie Feldner were very appreciative of the businesses that helped make the event possible. Door prize donations came from Home Loan Savings Bank, A&D Auto, Pearl Valley Cheese, Auer Ace Hardware, Scheetz Tree Farm, Inc. and student council members. The meal was provided by: Home Loan Savings Bank, A&D Auto, Wen-Mar Farms, Jones Metal, Coshocton County Board of Realtors, ALR Insurance, JJT Motors Inc., and Truck Sales.

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