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Slatington students host Senior Citizen Holiday Program

  • TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Slatington Elementary students perform music as part of the Senior Program held inside the school gymnasium on Tuesday.
    TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Slatington Elementary students perform music as part of the Senior Program held inside the school gymnasium on Tuesday.
Published December 17. 2009 05:00PM

They charmed them with their mannerisms, humored them with their talents, and filled them until they couldn't eat any more.

Nary a visitor felt shortchanged after they walked away from the Senior Citizen Holiday Program hosted by Slatington Elementary students on Tuesday

Transported by a school bus to the school, dozens of elderly residents who reside in nursing homes and assisted living were entertained by the program.

Those who attended were treated to holiday songs, poems, jokes, crafts, and homemade cookies, among other holiday amenities.

The program began with a performance by the third grade, which sang "Penguin Polka". The students then recited the Wintertime poem, sang "Reindeer Pokey", recited the Holiday Alphabet poem, and featured a piano solo of "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" by Sarah Hunsicker.

Next, fourth graders played "Jingle Bells" and "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" on flutophones, recited Holiday Jokes, and sang "Christmas is for Children".

From there, the sixth grade Clarinet and Saxophone Quartet, which consisted of Amanna Bradley, Zachary Rex, Chelsea Vermeulen, and Kasey Wayda performed "Frosty the Snowman", A Winter Dawn poem, and "O'Tannenbaum".

Next up was the sixth grade Clarinet Ensemble, comprised of Bradley, Vermeulen, Wayda, Rebecca Blocker, Samantha Brown, Emily Clements, Rebecca Evans, and Veronica Green, which performed "Hora!", an Israeli Traditional Folk Dance, and recited Candles are a Gift of Light poem.

After that, the sixth grade Flute Ensemble, which includes Jose Avila, Beth Kern, Alexis Papay, Matthew Romig, Phoebe Thomasco, Serra Thomason, and Cassie Zaleski, performed "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear", and "Joy to the World".

Not to be outdone, the sixth grade Brass Ensemble of Ethan Caldwell, Jacob Corwin, Noah Hankee, Cameron Kates, Malik Rodriguez, and Travis Stalnecker sang "We Wish You A Rockin' Christmas".

Up next was a piano solo of "Joy to the World" by Zak Motter.

Last, but not least, the fifth grade then sang "Walking in a Winter Wonderland", as well as "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow".

The Band then performed "First Christmas March", and "Jingle Jolly Christmas".

Principal Linda Marcincin praised the students, staff, and administrators on a job well done.

"It is our hope that throughout the program, we were able to bring joy to your day," Marcincin said. "We hope we made your day more beautiful."

Afterwards, the seniors received a full turkey dinner with all the fixings, dessert and coffee, an ornament, and a child-made place mat.

Richard Mengel, of Slatington, had complimentary words for the students.

"I enjoyed it," Mengel said. "They did a real good job."

Doris Koenig, of Washington Township, said she's glad she attended.

"It was fine," Koenig said. "It was a great program."

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