We wanted to share our thoughts regarding the recent fall fest held at the Champion Middle School. This event is sponsored by the Champion Board of Education and arranged by the Champion Schools Senior Citizens Advisory Council of which my wife, Barbara, is a new member.
This lovely event was so much more than we had anticipated. We were greeted by cheery children eager to usher us to the colorfully decorated tables. At each seat there was a personally decorated placemat created by CMS art students. The gymnasium began to fill and members of the Senior Citizens Advisory Council were lovely hostesses; welcoming community members making everyone feel at home. Students, assisted by school staff, began to serve a delicious, hearty lunch.
Mrs. Gloria Martinek, a member of the Senior Citizens Advisory Council as well as the Champion Rotary Club, presented the Rotary Senior Citizen of the Year Award to Charlie Stingel, a resident devoted to the community and very deserving of the recognition.
All in attendance were treated to a marvelous presentation by the CMS performing arts students. Many favorites from School House Rock brought smiles to the faces of both the young and the young at heart.
It was marvelous to witness how genuinely eager and well-mannered the students were. It is a wonderful feeling to engage young people who know the meaning of respect and kindness and show it.
The primary feeling created during the Fall Fest was that of belonging. We felt cared about and appreciated and connected - with each other, with the students, with the community.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the Champion Schools Senior Citizens Advisory Council Fall Fest such a great event and a truly wonderful experience.
-- John and Barbara Armstrong, Champion