Thursday, December 07, 2000

Pupils serve meals to elders

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — Cups were hardly half-empty during Western Row Elementary's senior citizens luncheon Wednesday before 9-year-old Blaine Bowen was offering refills.

        The luncheon is a decades-old tradition at the school. About 100 seniors came out to be served turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes and apple pie. About 60 third- and fourth-graders stood in long lines waiting not to be served, but to to serve their guests.

[photo] Thelma Case of Mason Christian Village receives a dinner from Alli King from Western Row Elementary.
(Dick Swaim photo)
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        “I think this is really fun,” Blaine said. “It's a good experience. I like helping old peo ple. Everybody needs help.”

        Victor Carman, 73, a resident of Mason Christian Village, enjoyed the free meal — and the cheerful service.

        “It's nice to have interaction between the generations,” he said. “It gives us a good appreciation of the children and us of them.”

        Students helped set tables Tuesday and designed the colorful place mats that were laminated as keepsakes for the senior citizens. They also escorted the seniors to the dining area, took their coats and later gave them a tour of the school.


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