Dinner pairs students, seniors
Thanksgiving came early for a group of senior citizens in Lansing who were treated to a pre-holiday meal by Lansing High School's Leadership council.
The annual Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner has become a tradition for LHS Leadership, which held this year's event Saturday, Nov. 18.
Riann Deere, senior class president, has helped with the event for three years and said this year's was the largest and one of the most successful.
"Everything went really well, we had about 100 to 120 people show up," Deere said.
The event brings together senior citizens and Leadership students to break bread and build community. This year, the event was moved to a Saturday to lighten the load on cooks who prepare the meal and allow more interaction between the students and their guests - another goal of the event.
It's not uncommon, Deere said, for the event to bridge generations by putting youths in touch with their roots.
"I found something out about an ancestor of mine that had like a hamburger shop in Leavenworth," Deere said. "I had no idea."
But even when gems of familial history don't pop up, Deere said it's fun just to meet people who knew her grandparents when they were young.
"It's a really important project, and people want to come out and help," Deere said. "It's just really fun to do that. It's kind of stressful at times, but once you're there and everything's set up, it's just really neat to see these people there.
"It's a fun way to get them all together."