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APW Student Government Hosts Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner

PARISH – For 29 years, the students from Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District’s student government have hosted a free Thanksgiving dinner in honor of the senior citizens in their community.

Members of the APW student government organization pose for a group photo before opening the doors to their 29th Annual Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner. Members of the student government include Kaitlin Bartell, Caleb Bristol, Jenna Brockett, Emily Catania, Tyler Crandall, Will Clement, Becky Cronk, Bryana Cronk, Jade Haynes, Brittany Karboski, Nova Kowalski, Diana LaRock, Emily Lopez, Noah Lowe, Aaliyah McIntyre, Brianna Muckey, Mattia Renski, CarleyAnn Sackett, Lorraine Sampson, Kassidy Spoon, Cierra Stone, Codie Thresher, Jasmyn Trumble, Rose Wilson and Adviser Beth Dunham (may or may not be in the photograph).
Members of the APW student government organization pose for a group photo before opening the doors to their 29th Annual Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner. Members of the student government include Kaitlin Bartell, Caleb Bristol, Jenna Brockett, Emily Catania, Tyler Crandall, Will Clement, Becky Cronk, Bryana Cronk, Jade Haynes, Brittany Karboski, Nova Kowalski, Diana LaRock, Emily Lopez, Noah Lowe, Aaliyah McIntyre, Brianna Muckey, Mattia Renski, CarleyAnn Sackett, Lorraine Sampson, Kassidy Spoon, Cierra Stone, Codie Thresher, Jasmyn Trumble, Rose Wilson and Adviser Beth Dunham (may or may not be in the photograph).

The students went above and beyond this year, coordinating a delicious menu, creating fun decorations and arranging entertainment by APW choral students for the evening.

For some seniors in student government, this was their fourth year volunteering.

“It’s a great thing to do for our community,” said APW senior Becky Cronk. “These people raised our parents, so it’s only right to give something back.”

The menu featured spiced apple sauce, turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, squash, corn, rolls and beverages.

Caleb Bristol serves a guest coffee.
Caleb Bristol serves a guest coffee.

Homemade desserts were brought in by APW seniors, the National Honor Society as well as APW student government.

Guests were greeted with a flute ensemble as they waited in line, featuring band teacher Janet Fiacco and four of her students: Alyssa Hamilton, Kaitlin Morey, CarleyAnn Sackett and Kassidy Spoon.

Before the doors were opened, student government adviser Beth Dunham told the student servers that the goal of the evening was to “smile a lot and have fun with the guests.”

APW student Nova Kowalski (right) shares many smiles with the table she served for the evening.
APW student Nova Kowalski (right) shares many smiles with the table she served for the evening.

The event would not have been possible without help from the entire district, including staff who generously donated raffle prizes.

Even the thanksgiving-themed placemats were hand-drawn by APW Elementary students in art class.

The district and the APW Student Government would like to thank the following community businesses who supported the dinner: A Cut Above (Pulaski), Advance Auto Parts (Pulaski), Advance Auto Parts (Central Square), Altmar Hotel & Altmar Union Station, American Legion Fuller Taylor (Central Square), American Legion Post #1128 (Williamstown), APW Faculty Association, Avicolli’s Restaurant, Burdick Ford (Central Square), Byrne Dairy (Syracuse), Carpenter’s Paint & Hardware (Camden), China Moon, Chirag D Corp. Parish Mini Mart, Deaton’s Buildings & Home Center, Donnie Zee’s Sales, LLC, Dragon Garden, Dunkin Donuts (Pulaski),

From left: Diana LaRock, Bryana Cronk, Becky Cronk and CarleyAnn Sackett have fun with a few Thanksgiving-themed hats.
From left: Diana LaRock, Bryana Cronk, Becky Cronk and CarleyAnn Sackett have fun with a few Thanksgiving-themed hats.

Fryday’s Best Restaurant, Fulton Management Services, Fulton Savings Bank (Fulton), Good Golly’s, Grist Mill Restaurant, JGC Enterprises, Inc., Jreck Subs (Central Square), Jreck Subs (Pulaski), King’s Wok, Kinney Drugs (Camden), Kirch Hardware, Mapleview Family Restaurant, McDonald’s Big Red Shoes (Syracuse), Medicine Shoppe, Mike’s Barber Shop, Mr. Sub (Pulaski), Mystic Stamp Company, Nice n Easy Grocery Shoppes (Canastota), Oswego County Mutual Insurance Co., Parish Volunteer Fire Company, Pathfinder Bank (Central Square), Paulanjo’s Pizza, Ponderosa (Pulaski), Poulin EyeCare, Inc., Salmon River Wine & Spirits, Square Deal Liquors, Stephano’s Pizzeria (Pulaski), Ted’s Gift & Jewelry, Three Amigos Restaurant, Tops Friendly Market (Pulaski), Tractor Supply Store (Pulaski), VFW Edick-Hamlink Post 369 (Mexico), VFW Pulaski Memorial Post 7289, Walmart (Cicero), Walmart (Clay), Walmart (Central Sqaure), Wegman’s (Clay), Whitaker’s Sport Store and More, White’s Lumber, Whit’s Sales and Service, Wright’s Service Station.