ROXBURY, NJ – Several generations of Roxbury residents came together today at Lincoln-Roosevelt school when students welcomed about 160 senior citizens for the annual Valentine’s Day Luncheon.
It was the fifth time students at the Succasunna elementary school hosted members of the Roxbury Seniors and Forever Young seniors groups, said Lincoln-Roosevelt Principal Jack Curtis. Many came to the event on school buses that picked them up at the Roxbury Senior Center, he said, noting it was the first time some of the people ever rode in a school bus. “A lot of these people walked to school,” explained the principal.
In a gymnasium festooned with red hearts, the visitors were delivered turkey dinners that included potatoes, green beans, penne vodka, salad, rolls and cake. The food was catered, at a big discount, by The Roxbury Diner.
About 30 energetic 6th Grade girls served as the waitstaff. “My criteria was I wanted people who were chatty,” said Curtis, encouraging the youngsters to engage their guests with polite conversation.
Chattiness didn't seem a problem, either for the kids or the happy guests. “Someone wants to know if they can take it home if they don’t finish,” asked a student. “Of course,” answered the principal.
Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic and several members of the Roxbury Board of Education were present. Radulic said she loved watching the older people interact with the youngsters.
“The seniors are so positive,” she said. “They’re very appreciative.”
Curtis expressed appreciation for the local individuals, companies and organizations that contributed to the event.
A major source of contributions was the Roxbury Rotary Club and its members including Roxbury Rotary President Steve Alford (Alford Financial), Nick Sarinelli (Nssivoccia LLP), Gary Ribe (Remax), Judi Frank (Frank's Bookkeeping), William Diamond (Diamond Plumbing and Heating), Sam Maddali (Valley Pharmacy) and PJ's Auto Body.
Other contributors included Blue Diamond Disposal, County Concrete, High Grade Beverage and Walmart. Many more local businesses donated door prizes.