The weather outside was not delightful, but the Lincoln School Gymnasium recently was filled with the warmth and joy of the holiday season.
The room was transformed into a welcoming dining room for the annual Senior Citizen Pen Pal Breakfast, where 56 senior citizen pen pal guests were served cheese omelettes, hash browns, sausage links, orange juice, fruit cups, muffins and coffee by second-graders.
Principal Stephanie Miller welcomed everyone to the 26th annual event. She commended pen pals and those who make the event a tradition in the community during the holiday season. She jokingly apologized that the parking valet didn’t show up for work that day.
As a token of appreciation to the seniors for not only being pen pals but also coming to the event, children and their teachers made colorful placemats. Seniors also received red and green stocking cap ornaments that were made with help from primary art teacher Dawn Schwind.
After second-graders met their pen pals, they sang and danced in a musical performance called “Bring on the Holidays.”
Erin Lynch’s class sang “Rock the Holly,” and danced to “Nice, Nice Christmas.” Christine Kriwox’s class sang “Snow,” and danced to “Celebrate.” Keara Foley’s class sang “Santa’s Getting Fit for Christmas,” and danced to “Boogie Woogie Santa.”
“Bring on the Holidays” was co-directed by Mary Lou Bonnell, a district music teacher and music therapist, and Lincoln and Perkins schools physical education teacher Mez Chilcott, who assisted with the production by helping teach children their dances.
Bonnell thanked reading teacher assistant Kim Cooper and Library Media Center teacher assistant Jill Hausman for creating decorations and the backdrop for the performance; second-grade teachers who gave extra time and energy helping children prepare for the performance and with costumes; Carole Jablonski, head of Lincoln School cafeteria, Renee Murray and other cafeteria staffers for preparing breakfast for guests; head custodian Robert Mosteiro and other Lincoln custodians for their efforts in preparing for the event; and Lincoln PTA for purchasing poinsettias.