Palos School District 118 kicked off the yuletide season by hosting a festive holiday breakfast for over 100 local senior citizens. The first annual Palos 118 Senior Holiday Breakfast was held at Palos South Middle School on Wednesday, complete with entertainment and a mini school tour provided by students.
Welcoming remarks were given by Student Council President, Andreas Christie, with entertainment provided by Palos South’s Cardinal Choir and Cardinal Jazz Band. Staff and administrators served guests a buffet-style breakfast, while student “Pacesetters” escorted seniors to and from the cafeteria, cleared tables, conducted tours, and answered questions about Palos South.
“As seniors living in this community, unless you have grandchildren attending school here, you have no contact at all with the schools,” said Marie Arrigoni, Palos Park Seniors Club President, “It was a wonderful way to put us all in touch and begin to understand the quality of learning that goes on in District 118.”
Details made the event special. At each place setting were letters of welcome from Mrs. Montroy’s classes, and remarks by Superintendent Joseph Dubec, School Board President Sue Hennessy, South Principal Christopher Bingen, and Assistant Principal Kim Phelan completed the morning. “We’re very proud of our students, and we wanted to share their accomplishments with the seniors, who are very important members of our community,” said Dr. Dubec.
The event was sponsored by the Palos 118 Board of Education. President Sue Hennessy whose three children attended Palos 118 schools said, “As a parent, I can see the future in my children as I’m sure our seniors see in theirs…this was really a celebration of sharing the good things of our school district: Our children.” District 118 includes Palos East and West Elementary Schools, and Palos South Middle School.