The High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) tradition of hosting a special afternoon dinner for area senior citizens returned on April 19, when over 150 seniors dined in the high school cafeteria as a prelude to a special performance of the Drama Club’s musical, “Anything Goes,” the feel good song and dance musical telling “the age old tale of boy meets girl.”
The last time NHS students hosted the event was in 2019, immediately before the COVID-19 pandemic’s onset. NHS advisor Dolores Lombardo was thrilled to see this NHS tradition return after a four-year lapse.
“I am beaming with pride over the fabulous dinner that they shopped for, cooked and served for our local senior citizens,” she said. “This is such a beautiful event and allows the opportunity for our local seniors to get treated to a delicious dinner and a show, while giving the students an opportunity to connect with the senior citizens. We look forward to making this an annual tradition once again.”
Mrs. Lombardo also praised the musical’s cast, crew, pit orchestra members and directing team for their commitment to this special group of community members by giving them a special preview of the “Anything Goes,’ which has been in rehearsals for weeks.
“It’s a simply fabulous show, just the perfect show for our honored guests,” she added. “The cast, crew and musicians work so hard and it really shows. They’re dedicated to presenting memorable performances to every audience. Everyone needs to come to see this show.”
Members of the Slate Hill Pacers, the Mount Hope Senior Center, the Greenville/Unionville Senior Center, Promenade Senior Living and local senior community members dined on salad, pasta, meatballs and desserts prepared by NHS students onsite.
As much as students enjoyed being chefs, hosts and wait-staff, their guests loved the chance to support the high school community.
“I wanted to come and support what they’re doing,” said Pat Dunleavy.
Jane Onida has attended prior senior dinner/show events and was happy to be back.
“I wouldn’t miss it,” she said. “I love the students, they’re so dedicated. I really missed this when it wasn’t able to take place. They always put on a good performance, and always get a standing ovation.”
Paul Sutton added: “It’s a day out and I like being with my friends. We will definitely enjoy the show and we certainly enjoy the kids.”
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