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PHS students set the table for senior citizens' Christmas banquet

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PRINCETON, WV, December 9, 2013:  For close to 30 years, home economics students at Princeton High have served a free Christmas meal to area senior citizens.  It is a tradition that will continue tomorrow night when an estimated 200 guests will enjoy a full turkey dinner in the school cafeteria.


Teacher and FCCLA sponsor Heather Lane says the preparations are well under way and she just hopes that weather does not cause school cancellation tomorrow. "We spent today baking cookies," she said, "and tomorrow, we will fix the mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, and other sides."

Although the project is officially hosted by the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), students in all of Lane's classes help get ready for the event.

Lane said the food is all donated.  "Grants has been our big sponsor for several years," she said, "but we get so many other donations.  Food City cooks the turkeys for us, and the teachers here are contributing desserts."

The buffet style meal will run from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, with door prizes and a program.  Invitations were sent to C.A.S.E., the Salvation Army, and the Thorn Street Senior Center.

"Last year was my first year doing this," Lane said.  "I was a first-year teacher and it was pretty overwhelming.  The Senior Citizens Dinner had been a tradition here for about 30 years. I think retired teacher Carol Bailey started it. Fortunately, this year, I know a little more about what I'm doing."

Lane said the students love preparing for the event.  "The seniors, too, are very appreciative.  Last year, someone wrote a letter to the editor commending us for what we did," she said.
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