The Pennsbury High School Interact Club hosted its 21st annual Senior Citizen Holiday Dinner Friday for 135 Seniors from five senior centers throughout the Pennsbury School District area.
Though it is hosted by the Interact Club, the dinner is a collaborative effort. Members of the school’s dance team performed while the boys track team served food provided by the Nutrition Group.
The Catering Club, Strings Ensemble, and Chamber Choir also contributed to the overall experience in the Falcon Cafeteria at PHS West.
Breanne Cook is an English teacher at PHS who also acts as adviser for the Interact Club. She believes this event helps students realize the older members of the community are just as valuable as the younger ones.
“It’s important because the students get a chance to interact with a group of the community that they don’t often interact with unless they’re related to them,” Cook said. “It’s also nice to bring other members of the community inside our walls and it’s good to have that change of pace.”
While seniors get food, company, and a celebration of sorts for themselves, the experience is just as valuable for the students.
“It’s really fun to see the students start out handing out flyers when they’re almost afraid to reach out to them,” Cook continued. “And by the end they’re sitting down next them, having full on conversations, and talking about family members and their plans for the holiday so it’s really nice to see that connection being made.”
Jack O’Conner is a member of the Levittown Fairless Hills Rotary, which helped found the Interact Club in 2011.
“Seeing all the people here that come to this event and the motivation of the students to go out and find all these people is tremendous,” O’Conner said. “It’s one of those community outreach things that Interact should be known for and, by God, they’re doing it.”
Older residents signed up for the dinner through the Falls Twp Senior Center, LaMont Plaza, Galilee Village, Grundy Gardens, and Macintosh Regency.