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Lunch with your Keeseville student

Students invite their family and friends to Older Citizen’s Day

Second Grader Charm Snyder fills out her questionnaire with her Grandfather (right) Roger Baker, her father, Leonard Snyder (left),  and father’s girlfriend’s daughter Lilly Pecor, on Older Citizen lunch day at Keeseville Elementary.

Second Grader Charm Snyder fills out her questionnaire with her Grandfather (right) Roger Baker, her father, Leonard Snyder (left), and father’s girlfriend’s daughter Lilly Pecor, on Older Citizen lunch day at Keeseville Elementary. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— There were a lot of new faces around the Keeseville Elementary School last week.

On May 8, 9, and 10, kindergarten through second grade students had a chance to invite someone to join them for lunch during “Older Citizens Day.”

Second grade teacher Sally Smithson said the school has been holding the event for 16 years.

“It’s called Older Citizen Day but it can be anyone the students want to share the day with, aunts, uncles, neighbors, grandparents, parents or siblings,” Smithson said. “For our kids anyone over the age of 9 is an older citizen.”

Second grade student Kacie Whitford, who invited her grandparents Sharon and Dale MacDougal to the event, got dressed up in a sparkling blue dress for the occasion.

Similarly, student Charm Snyder picked out her outfit three days in advance to have lunch with her grandfather Roger Baker, her father Leonard Snyder, his girlfriend Shelby Pecor and her 2-year-old daughter Lilly Pecor.

“She was so excited for us to come she tried to trick us to come early, she told us to be here at 10 a.m.,” Shelby said. “It meant a lot to her that everyone come.”

During the lunch the teacher’s passed out an assignment sheet with questions for students to ask their visitors about what it was like when they were in school.

“Grandpa what was it like when you were in school?” second grade student Emma Zmijewski asked her grandfather.

“It was a very different world, I was born in Poland and I went to school 6 days a week with no busses,” Mike Zmijewski said.

Second grade student Matt Goodrich, who is new to Keeseville and Older Citizen Day, said he was very excited to have his grandmother visit him for lunch.

“I haven’t been at this school that long and I really liked that my grandma got to come,” Goodrich said.

Goodrich had been so excited to have his grandmother come to lunch, he and his mother had gotten a yellow rose to give to his grandmother at their lunch date.

Smithson said the lunch is always fun for both the kids and the friends and family who come and visit.

“We’ve done this for a while and it’s always a fun day for the kids,” Smithson said.

The older students of Keeseville elementary in grades three through six will be having their own lunch with older citizens on May 23 and 24.

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