ROXBURY, NJ - Members of Roxbury’s senior groups were recently served lunch and serenaded by students at the Senior Citizen Valentine’s Day Luncheon.

The annual event took place at Lincoln/Roosevelt School. The Ever Young and Roxbury Seniors Club received special invitations this year from Lincoln/Roosevelt Principal Chris Argenziano.

This annual tradition goes back for as long as most of the staff can remember. It has turned into a true student-led event with the help of Student Council Advisor Elena Tunstead. 

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The 26 Student Council students on the Valentine’s Day Luncheon committee met three times after school and made the playlist, games and placemats for the event.

Fifth-grade student council committee members included Ashley Cunha, Kathleen Tusa, Louis Shadiack, Luke McDougal, Payton Schiesl, Ava Weah, Amanda Katz, Mya DeKorte, Patrick Shivas, Devon Ballo and Frank Seretis. 

The sixth-grade committee members are Logan Domsic, AJ Rodriguez, Ilana Cuskie, Reva Nakka, Isabela Sanchez, Maria Schnabel, JJ Mora, Hayden Rousseau, Addison Christian, Sofia Cotero, Gabrielle Baron, AJ Duras, Virginia Leal, Bella LoScalzo, Izzy DaCosta and Michael Gutierrez.

These students not only planned the event and festivities but also waited on the tables, served up drinks, a hot meal and dessert.

Instead of parent volunteers that were used in prior years, members of Roxbury High School’s Interact Club, overseen by Steve Alford from the Roxbury Rotary Club and Club Advisor Kaitlyn Oster, returned to LRS to help the younger students serve food. 

The RHS Interact Club is a volunteer organization, associated with the Roxbury Rotary, that serves students, school and the community. Many members recalled their days at LRS helping with the event and said it was nice to come back and be a part of it once more. Those members included seniors Camille Guglielmo and Victoria Koenig; juniors Jensen Tayler and Monique Whitfield; sophomores Kryssa Bijelic and Caitlin Caccavella and freshmen Ashley Christie and Emily List.

This year the senior groups heard music from throughout the decades from a playlist created by the students. They were also treated to three songs - The Star-Spangled Banner, LRS School Song and If You’re Happy and You Know - by 24 students auditioning for the 2020 Honors Choir under the supervision of music teacher Ellen Ng.

A number of volunteers, individuals and businesses donated their time and money for the event, including TAPinto Roxbury sponsors The Roxbury Diner, PJ’s Auto Body and Alford Financial Group.