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Showing appreciation for senior citizens

Pandemic can’t stop Struthers dinner

STRUTHERS — The school district for the last several years has hosted a senior citizen appreciation dinner, typically held within the buildings.

But this year, to keep everyone safe from COVID-19, the fall dinner was held drive-thru fashion.

About 200 dinners were handed out Wednesday at the high school by administration and board of education members.

“It began as a Thanksgiving dinner,” said Superintendent Pete Pirone, adding that the $2 dinner after receiving feedback evolved into a hearty dinner with ham and various sides.

The dinner, which is usually held in June but was canceled over the summer, is a way to show thanks to the senior citizens of Struthers who support the district even after their own children have grown.

Pirone cited passing school levies as a way seniors support the district.

“We want to show our appreciation to our senior citizens, but we want to do everything we can to keep them safe,” Pirone said.

It was a girls’ night out for Sis Bogan and Nancy Hokanson, both of Struthers.

Hokanson chatted with Pirone and board members.

Planning to break bread responsibly, the women were going to have dinner together, they said.

While this year’s dinner looked different, Bogan said usually she has attended the dinners in the schools in the past.

“This year (Hokanson) signed me up for” the dinner, Bogan said.

Usually students from around the district help pass out and entertain at the dinner, but this year organizers said for the safety of everyone, the administrative team would handle things.

Earlier in the year when board members discussed re-entry plans for the 2020-21 school year, they stressed the importance of holding the fall dinner.

“It really has become a school and community event,” Pirone said.

afox@tribtoday.com

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