Senior breakfast at high school to provide food for thought

By Brian Woodman, Jr. - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Fri., Apr. 22, 2011
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(L-r) Ishmael Kalilou, Alexis Lewis and Justin Borawski are three students who made presentations during last year’s Older Americans Month Breakfast for Seniors. Photo courtesy of Windsor Public Schools. - Contributed Photo

On May 5, senior residents are invited to enjoy a morning of food and information at Windsor High School with representatives of the school district.

Interim School Superintendent Ernest Perlini will host the free event, which the district is holding in honor of Older Americans Month.

President John F. Kennedy established the observance of Senior Citizens Month in 1963, according to the federal Administration on Aging. President Jimmy Carter changed the name to Older Americans Month in 1980.

The breakfast, which runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m., is intended to inform seniors about new and existing programs in local schools. It will include a tour of the school, a presentation by students about their experiences there, public service announcements produced by students, breakfast prepared by the culinary department and a question-and-answer session.

“Typically, two or three students speak about what they’ve done,” said Milo Peck, Jr., president of the Board of Education. Peck, who will make a presentation during the event, said students discuss everything from internships to multi-media training.

“We want older adults, who are an important part of the community, to get a sense of what goes on at the school,” he said.

Other presenters at the event will include Perlini, high school principal Russell Sills and Town Manager Peter Souza.

“It’s an opportunity to show how education has changed,” said Peck. “We can discuss programs that the seniors may not be familiar with.”

Officials referred to the Senior VIP Card as one of these programs, which allows senior residents to attend school events at no charge.

Marie Metzler, an 85-year-old senior who has attended the event in previous years, said they were always informative. All her children and grandchildren have graduated in Windsor and have completed college, she added. She also praised local students, who she said were often volunteering for events at the local senior center.

“The breakfast represents a sincere effort to reach out to taxpaying seniors,” she said.

Peck said Elizabeth Feser, who resigned as superintendent earlier this month, established the program five years ago. Feser, who served in the position for nine years, is currently superintendent of the Milford School District. Peck emphasized that it was important for school employees and community members to meet and exchange ideas.

“It’s not just the building,” he said “It’s the people in it.”

Call 860-687-2000 or visit www.windsorct.org for more information. Reservations are required.


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