Fitch entertains and serves food to seniors

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Austintown Fitch High School served senior citizens of the community at their spring Senior Dinner on April 25. School representatives and students gave the seniors food and drinks during the event. Pictured, middle school assistant principal Dominick Daltorio and the high school's junior principal Jim Penk passed out salads during the event.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Fitch always tries to bring in outside organizations to the Senior Dinner. For this event, they brought in Family First Adult Day Services, which focuses on taking care of the elderly throughout the day and helping them remain independent for as long as possible. Pictured are, from left, Shannon Lehn, David Vlosich, Christina Vlosich and Vincent Smith.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Senior Dinner has become a tradition at the school. Superintendent Vincent Colaluca said the event is expected of the school. They have the event once in the fall and again in the spring. Pictured, David Ritchie, a long-serving board member, helped hand out the dinners to the seniors.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Senior Dinner also features a showcase of talented Fitch students. The night featured performances from the speech and debate team, choir and band. Pictured, speech and debate performer Johnna Blystone presented her speech on suppression during the dinner.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Representatives from Austintown schools served senior citizens lasagna, rolls and salad for dinner. The National Honors Society students helped at the event, earning them a credit.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Representatives of Fitch High School served senior citizens during their second Senior Dinner of the year on April 25.

The school has a dinner for the senior residents in the fall and spring each year. The event featured performances by different groups in the school in addition to the dinner.

“It’s a great tradition to bring in the community,” said Vincent Colaluca, superintendent of the school district. He said the night gave the school a chance to showcase the great talents of the students.

The seniors paid $2 for lasagna, rolls, a salad and a drink. Those helping at the event included Colaluca, principals Chris Berni, Jim Penk and Jeff Swavel and students from National Honor Society. David Ritchie, the longest-serving board member in Ohio, also served food.

The school had singing from the show choir, songs from the band and a presentation from a member of the school’s speech and debate team. The performances both showcase students’ talents and entertain the seniors of the community.

Johnna Blystone, the speech and debate student who spoke at the event, said she wanted to present at the event because it gives visibility to the speech and debate team and she loves entertaining a crowd. Blystone presented her speech on suppression, which she will present at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in June.

Colaluca said the school always tries to bring in outside organizations that relate with helping the senior citizens in the community. For this event, they invited Family First Adult Day Services.

Fitch graduates Vincent Smith and Christina Vlosich created the organizations to fulfill a need for senior day care services. They wanted to take a proactive role in helping seniors prolong the length of time they can stay at home without needing a senior living center. They offer activities and socialization to the seniors.

Smith, Vlosich and her group also helped out in serving the dinner to the seniors. The event is one of many community events that Fitch has at the school throughout the year.

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