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Austintown schools spend night helping senior citizens


Published: Fri, December 1, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Along with administration, students of Austintown Fitch High School volunteered their time to give back to senior citizens. The students belonged to the cheerleader squad and National Honors Society.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Austintown Fitch show choir, under direction of Bill Klein, sang for the senior citizens during the school's Senior Dinner. Student organizations always perform at the dinners. In year's past, they have also had members of the speech team speak and the drama club do a skit for the seniors.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Senior citizens enjoy the performances of the band and show choir while enjoying their beverages and desserts at Austintown Fitch High School.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Austintown Fitch pep band, under direction of Wesley O'Connor, performed at the Senior Dinner on Oct. 24. Pictured in the center is O'Connor with a marching tuba.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Austintown Fitch High School had a Senior Dinner on Oct. 23 to give back the senior citizens in the Austintown community. Pictured is principal Chris Berni handing salads to the seniors.

by ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Austintown schools had the annual Senior Dinner at the Austintown Fitch High School cafeteria on Oct. 25.

Approximately 350 senior citizens gathered for a meal offered by the school. The event had 20 student volunteers and another 20 volunteers from the administration and education board.

Principal Chris Berni said the event gave the school a chance to give back to the senior citizens of Austintown and make them feel a part of the community and school.

Those at the dinner received a salad, Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, vegetables and a chocolate dessert. They also received drinks of water, tea, coffee and lemonade. All drinks and food were passed out by the volunteers. After the senior citizens finished eating, the volunteers came by and threw away their food.

The school hosts a senior dinner twice a year. The event has happened for more than 20 years at the school. A school group performs at every senior dinner. In the past, they have had the drama club do a skit or had a member of the speech team recite speak at the event. For this event, the band and show choir performed.

All four principals of the high school volunteered, as did the three middle school principals. The student volunteers came from both the Austintown Fitch cheerleaders and the school’s National Honor Society.


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