IRVINGTON, N. Y. -- Irvington High School students learned lessons of a different sort when they hosted nearly 30 local senior citizens for a tea celebration earlier in the month.
The students, members of the high school's Key Club, got to learn more about the older adults and share stories with them.
“The most rewarding part of the day was when we got to sit at the tables with the senior citizens, ask them about their lives and hear their stories,” said Madison Carelli, an Irvington senior and club president.
“To hear about their experiences in wars or how they raised their children during difficult decades is really inspirational to kids my age," she said. "We are so advantaged by technology that to hear about a world without it and how they survived it fascinates us.”
The Key Club members organize and prepare the annual event. This year, they chose a tea party theme.
“We baked and brought a variety of tea and tea sandwiches,” said Trish Many, who advises the club with Holly Koester. “It's always a great time when we bring our young people together with the senior citizens.”