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Say, let's do lunch
Hoping to bridge the generation gap between teenagers and older citizens, South Whidbey High School's leadership class hosted an Easter lunch April 3 in the school's New Commons.
The relaxed atmosphere provided opportunities for good listeners on both sides as students and adults spent time getting to know one another and talked about everything from everyday activities to more serious subjects.
Thirty-six people sent RSVPs for the noontime event.
Junior Nick Plastino sat with a several ladies who applauded him for his friendliness.
"I told him he was a pretty brave guy to come and sit here with these folks," said senior citizen Lila Coates.
Marie Kulaas, another senior, said she enjoyed conversation with young people. She said she'd like to do the same thing every week.
"It's nice to communicate with young people so we can learn more about each other," Kulaas said.
Organizing the lunch were junior students Alycia Lamb and Callie Supsinskas, two members of the school's leadership class who had an idea to do something for the community.
"We wanted to reach out to the members of our community students may not have much contact with," Lamb said.
South Whidbey High School graduate Gena Felton first came up with the idea of hosting the South Whidbey senior community when she helped to organize a dinner dance last year. Lamb and Supsinskas wanted to continue the tradition.
The food and preparation were donated by the other members of the leadership class. The menu consisted of baked ham, mashed potatoes, Jell-o and pasta salads, rolls and dessert. Entertainment was provided by the South Whidbey High School Wind Ensemble and Langley pianist Russell McBride.