After a couple of postponements due to weather, Secaucus seniors on Feb. 22 were treated to a special Senior Citizen Valentine’s Day Breakfast at Clarendon Elementary School. Students and local officials served eggs, potatoes, French toast, fruit, orange juice, tea and coffee. Clarendon fifth and sixth grade students entertained the group with songs from the Little Mermaid and the school rock band performed popular hits.
The Valentine Breakfast, a tradition that began four years ago, was initiated by the students who had an interest in performing some type of community service, according to Principal Pat Cocucci.
“Best thing to do is invite them to our house,” said Cocucci. He said bringing the children together with the seniors helps the two groups cultivate a better appreciation and understanding of each other.
“The greatest asset we have are our seniors and our children,” noted Cocucci. He credited the teachers and students who worked in conjunction with Social Services Director Lisa Snedeker for putting the event together.
“Getting to know each other,” said sixth grader Savannah Aguiar, 12, about what she enjoyed most during the event. She sat next to her 11-year-old friend Sherlyn Artiles. Both were getting ready to sing “Under the Sea.”
“Love being with the kids.” – Margaret Marra-Cutola
Students roamed around the Clarendon gym performing different tasks from serving food to cleaning up tables to following up to ask whether seniors wanted more tea or coffee. Student reporter Eshaan Mangat covered the event for the school newspaper. He said he had recorded many good comments and received feedback from the seniors that it was hard to hear the singing at first.
Councilman James Clancy said the event brings out the seniors citizens to “have another good day and to enjoy themselves.”
“They have a few laughs,” added Deputy Mayor John Bueckner.
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