More than 200 senior citizens from throughout the West Essex area spent their morning at West Essex Regional High School Dec. 18 for the holiday senior citizen breakfast. The annual event showcases the talents of the school district's students.
First, seniors enjoyed a delicious breakfast of home-baked breads, muffins and crumb cake, fruit salad, individual quiches and hash browns, prepared by the high school's Culinary 2 and sports and nutrition students. Those students also served the meal to the seniors.
The seniors enjoyed artwork created by the high school's art students and performances by many of the high school's instrumental and choral groups and the high school dance team. The morning ended with more performances in the high school auditorium and holiday goodie bags full of holiday cookies distributed to all of the seniors.
"We have been to West Essex so many times," said Edna Lawshe of West Caldwell as she enjoyed breakfast. "We come to the breakfast every year."
"The students do such a nice job," added friend Barbara Eichert of West Caldwell. "It is so great to hear the music. The kids here are wonderful."
Mrs. Eichert and Mrs. Lawshe said they always look forward to hearing the high school bands perform and noted that they enjoy the Memorial Day Parade every year just so they can see the West Essex Marching Knights perform. "West Essex has the best marching band," Mrs. Eichert said.
After they finished serving, many students sat down with seniors to talk to them.
"It's great to help out all of the senior citizens," said Anthony Bertoldi, a senior from Roseland.
Anthony served breakfast to Robert and Barbara Nash of North Caldwell. Robert Nash served as a councilman in North Caldwell for 28 years. The Nashes, whose children all attended West Essex Regional Schools, said they never miss the holiday breakfast at the high school and look forward to it every December.
High School Principal Gary Suda thanked all of the many students, staff and supervisors who made the event possible.