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Retirees, senior citizens anticipate annual holiday program

| Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 1:36 a.m.
Carol Waterloo Frazier | Daily News
Junior Bill Piper takes a paper snowflake from sophomore Matthew Mikula to hang in the cafeteria in preparation for the annual senior breakfast on Thursday.

Elizabeth Forward High School is preparing for its 34th annual Senior Citizen and Retired Persons Holiday Program and Breakfast, to be served on Thursday at 8 a.m. in the high school cafeteria.

“I love this event!” high school assistant principal Mary Carole McCay said. “This event allows our students to talk to the seniors in the community that they might otherwise not know and reconnect with the ones that they met in the previous year.”

The complimentary breakfast is for all seniors and retirees in school district communities of Elizabeth, Elizabeth Township and Forward Township. Seniors wanting more information can call the high school office at 412-896-2349.

The National Honor Society and Interact Club will provide greeters, tour guides and food servers. The chorus, band and foreign language departments will provide music.

Art classes are decorating the cafeteria of the school at 1000 Weigles Hill Road in Elizabeth Township.

“The seniors show so much gratitude and kindness toward our students and staff,” McCay said. “Our students are fortunate to be a part of a community that cares for all of its members.”

The seniors will be greeted by the high school orchestra under the direction of Joseph Scheller.

The event will open with welcomes from high school principal Michael Routh and National Honor Society president Dylan Shaffer, as well as an invocation from Deacon Gerald Grayson of McKeesport's Bethlehem Baptist Church.

After a breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fried potatoes, fresh fruit cup, orange juice, coffee, tea and muffins, carols will be offered in several languages under the direction of teachers Toby Nichols, Shawna Boden and Amy Thurston.

Then the program moves to the high school auditorium at approximately 9:30. After greetings from Elizabeth Forward Superintendent Bart Rocco and EF school board vice president Scott McVicker, there will be a variety of performances.

Involved are the Warrior Choir under the direction of Angela Milliren and the EF Winds ensemble directed by Scheller.

In addition, there will be performances by the Eighth Grade Honors Choir from the middle school under the direction of Mark Maurer, and the second-grade class at William Penn Elementary under the direction of music teacher Lisa Spang with support from Kim Jones, Brittany Niedermeyer and Danielle Traeger.

The holiday breakfast committee includes Routh, McCay, assistant high school principal Anthony Pascarella, National Honor Society sponsor Joseph McManus and president Dylan Shaffer, Elaine Podlogar of Nutrition Inc. and Malena Mazurek of the Interact Club.

Financial sponsors include the Central Lions Club of Elizabeth Township, Boston/Greenock/Mt. Vernon Lions Club and Elizabeth Rotary Club, as well as such entities as Alpha Fitness, BRM: Business Records Management, Butlers Golf Course, Carriage Inn, Elizabeth Forward Education Association, district educational support personnel, municipal officials in Elizabeth and Elizabeth Township, Giant Eagle of Elizabeth, Howell Craft, Italian Village Pizza of Elizabeth, Murphy's Pub, On Hand Schools and Virgin Carpets.

Others listed in the program include Marc Bellora, Malvene Harris, Timmie Kearns, Kristy Kivador, Vicki Phelps, Robert Raffaele, Nancy Rowe, Debbie Starmack and Tara Weymss and student Rachel Pastore.

Daily News Lifestyles Editor Carol Waterloo Frazier contributed to this story. Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.