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Weather finally cooperates for senior citizens luncheon

| February 10, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE – It took a couple of tries, but the weather finally cooperated and Ridgewood High School was able to have its senior citizens luncheon on Feb. 8.

The annual event is typically held around Christmas time, but was canceled twice due to snow days.

“We get donations from the community for the meal and door prizes and felt it was important for us to still have it this year so we can get the same great support from the community next year,” said Julie Feldner, student council advisor.

The luncheon is put on by the school’s student council, which includes students in grades eight through 12. Members of the group serve senior citizens from the community lunch, clear their plates and handout door prizes. Attendees also are treated to a free viewing of a play by the school’s drama department, which this year happened to be “Charlotte’s Web.”

Patsy Cruxton has attended the luncheon in the past and was glad to see the school continue the tradition.

“I really enjoy the play, the fellowship and the food,” she said.

Patsy’s husband Arthur joined her at the luncheon.

“The play was really interesting and I just think it’s wonderful they do this for senior citizens in the community,” he said.

Eighth graders Alaina Liedtke, Emmalee Goddard and Alexis Liedtke enjoyed working the event.

“I like seeing all the people and helping to set up,” Alaina said.

Goddard said she enjoyed interacting with the senior citizens and Alexis agreed with her.

“They’ve all been really nice and polite,” Alexis said.

While this was Alaina, Alexis and Goddard’s first year helping with the luncheon, it was Eliza Haynes’ last.

“I really enjoy seeing all the older people and talking to them,” said Haynes who is a senior at Ridgewood. “They deserve this.”

Feldner said 150 people attended this year’s luncheon.

“I love seeing the senior citizens come in and visit with the students,” she said.


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