Senior citizens gather for Thanksgiving at local elementary schools

Duzine second-grader Sofia Loyer serves dessert to 90-year-old Oliver Fisher, who was born in Highland and has lived in New Paltz all his life. It is a tradition for New Paltz’s Duzine and Lenape Elementary Schools to invite local seniors to a Thanksgiving lunch each year. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

Local senior citizens enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast of turkey and all the trimmings during the New Paltz School District’s annual Thanksgiving holiday meal. The event took place last Wednesday at Lenape and Duzine elementary schools. Other than the food, the seniors also enjoyed artwork and entertainment provided by the students. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for seniors to get to know and see the youngsters in our schools, as well as enjoy a delightful meal,” said Michael Robinson, the Food Service Director. The school’s food service staff prepared the meal and Duzine and Lenape students helped serve it.