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Warrensburg Elementary's community dinner exceeds expectations

Warrensburg Elementary School Principal Amy Langworty serves up a slice of bread to WES first grader Autumn Roberts during the first-ever Warrensburg Central School Community Spaghetti Dinner held March 19. Students, their parents and teachers socialized at the event, which drew 210 people, surpassing expectations.
Photo by Shari Raymond

Warrensburg Elementary School Principal Amy Langworty serves up a slice of bread to WES first grader Autumn Roberts during the first-ever Warrensburg Central School Community Spaghetti Dinner held March 19. Students, their parents and teachers socialized at the event, which drew 210 people, surpassing expectations. Photo by Shari Raymond

— The free Community Spaghetti Dinner held at Warrensburg Elementary School surpassed expectations, with a heavy turnout — and local citizens enjoying socializing as well as sharing conversations with their children’s teachers. A total of 210 people were served at the event.

Parents lined up with their children in the hallway outside the cafeteria and were served by faculty and staff at the school.

Elementary school faculty members worked at the event, exemplifying volunteerism in action, while enhancing the bond between the school staff and community residents. various members of the faculty and staff of Warrensburg Central donated the food and supplies

Among the instructors greeting the students and their family members was Sixth Grade teacher Dave Beck, who served desserts and beverages, and clearing plates when necessary.

The idea for the dinner was generated by the Warrensburg Central School Site Improvement Team, which decided to sponsor an enjoyable event for the community to thank the community-at-large for continuing support of the school, according to WCS Elementary Principal Amy Langworthy. She added that this time of year a community dinner would be particularly appreciated. The members of this SITE team thought a spaghetti dinner would be a good time of year for such an event.

The faculty and staff members of Warrensburg Central School District donated the food and supplies for the dinner, as well as volunteering to serve. Employees of Aramark, the company that manages the cafeteria operation, assisted with the cooking.

Rita Lang attended this event with her two young children, and she said with a spontaneous smile that she had a great time — and she particularly enjoyed the experience eating in the school cafeteria with her children, Francesca, 8 and Louis, 6.

“It was fun socializing with teachers, parents and grandparents of students — and people I’d only see under other circumstances. It was great to see everyone come together,” she said, noting she was impressed how the sixth graders served tables and helped clear them too. “It was awesome — and not something you’d see down in the city.”

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