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Elementary students reach out to Slatington's elderly

Published December 17. 2012 05:05PM

Their performance could have been deemed worthy of an Oscar.

Instead, students at Slatington Elementary were perfectly content with perhaps a much more realistic sense of accomplishment: the gift of giving.

Dozens upon dozens of elderly residents who reside in nursing homes and/or assisted living in the Slatington community were transported by bus to the school for the Senior Citizens' Holiday Program.

Principal Linda Marcincin told those in attendance "we're so glad you could be with us today."

"It's a day our students reach out to you, our senior citizens, to give you a gift for the holidays," Marcincin said. "The lesson to be learned is to give and reach out to others."

Marcincin then thanked Lori Middaugh, who along with Gail Lafferty and Janet Millen, served as co-organizers of the event.

"It takes teamwork," she said. "We work as a team at Slatington Elementary."

Marcincin also thanked the faculty, students, student council members, instructional aides, secretary, cafeteria staff, custodians, maintenance staff, transportation services, and parents for baking cookies, as well as those who boxed them.

"We have a great program," she said. "Hopefully, this will bring you some cheer for the holiday season."

The program began with a performance by the sixth grade band of "Winter Wonderland", arranged by Michael Story, and "We Wish You A Rockin' Christmas", arranged by Donald Josuweit.

Sixth graders then sang "Jingle Bell Rock", read the poem "A Christmas Gift", and sang "Here Comes Santa Claus".

From there, fifth graders sang "Electronic Christmas", "Silent Lunch", "Jingle Bells", and "The Twelve Days of Christmas", before a rendition of Pennsylvania Dutch: Twas' The Night Before Christmas, starring student Jason Check as Bells Nickels.

Next, the high school choir "Treblemakers" performed "Jingle Bell Rock", arranged by Roger Emerson, and "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year", arranged by Alan Billingsley.

At that, third graders sang "Here Comes Santa Claus", followed by "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer".

Last, but not least, fourth graders performed "It's A Marshmallow World", before they played "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" on their flutophones, and ended with Jingle Bell jokes.

Marcincin told the senior citizens how much it meant for the students and staff to present the event to them.

"We hope you enjoyed the program," she said. "It's our hope that we brought some happiness to your heart, and make your holiday all the more beautiful for you."

Afterward, the senior citizens made their way upstairs for a warm, hearty dinner.

Ernest Hoffman, of Slatington, appeared to be thoroughly impressed with the function.

"It's very nice," said Hoffman, 66. "The cookies are great, the coffee's great."

Various students helped serve the senior citizens their meals.

Third-grader Emily Moyer, who was among them, said "it's awesome."

The program was revived last year after a one-year hiatus so that renovation work could be completed at the building.

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