Slatington students celebrate seniors at holiday program
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Northern Lehigh High School Treblemakers, led by Rachel Reiter, perform during dinner.
The sound of their voices made them appear to be Christmas Angels, while their kind actions helped them come across as Santa's Little Helpers.
That was how guests were treated by Slatington Elementary School students at the annual Senior Citizens' Holiday Program on Wednesday.
Principal Scott Pyne welcomed the senior citizens from nursing homes and/or assisted living in the Slatington community who attended the event.
Pyne specifically thanked instructor Lori Middaugh.
"She really puts together this whole event," he said.
Others who were recognized by Pyne include co-organizers Gail Lafferty and Janet Millen, parent helper Lori-Beth Guelcher, and the entire faculty for their help with the program.
Pyne then told the senior citizens, "I hope you enjoy the performances, as well as the luncheon that follows."
The program began with the school's sixth-grade band, which performed "Christmas Fun," arranged by John O'Reilly; as well as "Angels on Parade," arranged by Carl Strommen.
From there, the fifth grade performed "Frosty the Snowman," "Silent Lunch," "Jingle Bells," and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
Afterward, the sixth grade read the poems, "A Reindeer for Christmas," and "Dear Santa, Here's My Christmas List."
Next, the fourth grade sang the "Twelve Days of Christmas," before playing "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" and "Jingle Bells" on their flutophones. They then read holiday jokes.
Last, but not least, the third grade read the poems "Aunti Flo," and "I Do Not Mind You, Winter Wind," both by Jack Prelusky. They then sang "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Up on the Housetop."
A short while later, the entertainment gave way to the luncheon, which was held upstairs.
Senior citizens Jim and Rita Ruch, of Walnutport, are regulars at the function.
"We've been here for a number of years," Jim Ruch said. "We enjoy it; all the kids were great.
Rita echoed her husband's sentiment.
"I always enjoy coming to the program, and seeing the hard work the students do for us," Rita said. "We enjoy the meal, and thank those who prepare it."
Sixth-grader Shelby Brazes, who helped serve the hot meal to seniors, said, "I think this is very thoughtful for our school district to do."
Throughout the dinner, the Northern Lehigh High School choir, Treblemakers, under the direction of Rachel Reiter, performed.
The program was revived in 2011 after a one-year hiatus so that renovation work could be completed at the building.