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Seniors delight in spring tea party

Fifth-grader Annie Gorham sits with Agnes and Gerald Williams, guests at Elden Elementary School’s spring tea.

Fifth-grader Annie Gorham sits with Agnes and Gerald Williams, guests at Elden Elementary School’s spring tea.

— Seniors at Silver Fox Senior Center in Baldwinsville recently visited Elden Elementary School for a breakfast spring tea party.

Arriving at Elden at 9:30 a.m. April 4, the seniors were individually greeted by a fifth grader then escorted into the cafeteria where the students served them coffee and tea. They also joined students in decorating Easter cookies while members of the school’s orchestra and band provided musical entertainment.

“The seniors loved listening to the kids play some of their favorite songs on their musical instruments,” said Becky Kishtock, director of Silver Fox. “We all had such a great time.”

After the tea party, each fifth grader walked with a senior around the school and gave a tour of their classroom, library, computer room and some of their other favorite areas.

“It brought back memories of [the seniors’] childhoods,” Kishtok said. “We are looking forward to more parties and get togethers with Elden School.”

This year, Elden’s Fifth-Grade Principal’s Council collaborated with the social club to make a connection with the local community by building relationships with the club’s members. The fifth-graders developed the idea of conducting a tea and worked on all of the planning details, from table decorations to entertainment. They each created a greeting card for the seniors to take home as a memento of the special occasion.

There are 20 student leaders on the Fifth-Grade Principal’s Council. Principal Tony Cardamone established the council to promote a positive school environment and to aid the Baldwinsville community with service projects. The student leaders meet with him on a regular basis to discuss, develop and eventually conduct activities like the tea in the school and in the community.

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