EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
Senior Cassie Bauer (left) escorts Joyce Murphy (left) and Sue Eisenzoph (right) to lunch dinner during Senior Citizens Day Thursday at Marinette High School.
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard

Senior Cassie Bauer (left) escorts Joyce Murphy (left) and Sue Eisenzoph (right) to lunch dinner during Senior Citizens Day Thursday at Marinette High School.

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MARINETTE — The young and the elderly came together Thursday at Marinette High School.

Marinette High School’s Student Senate hosted senior citizens at the school for their its annual Senior Citizens’ Day.

Senior citizens arrived at the school at about 9 a.m. and were greeted by members of the Student Senate, who escorted them inside. A new addition this year was the use of a Gator utility vehicle to pick up handicapped seniors or those who have difficulty walking from their parking spots.

The senior citizens were treated to performances by the Marinette High School band and choir, and joined them in singing “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie. Afterward, the event moved to the library where several rounds of Bingo were called by Student Senate Co-Presidents Michaela DeWitt and Kailyn Chenier, as well as Student Senate Co-Advisor Leif Berg.

Lunch prepared by Maggie Nygren’s Family and Consumer Education classes was served after Bingo, and according to co-advisor Brenda Blystone, Nygren’s classes worked tirelessly preparing food for 300 guests.

Blystone said that this event, which has been occurring annually at Marinette High School for more than 20 years, is a favorite for the students involved in Student Senate. Out of about 40 different committees headed by the Student Senate, “this one fills up first.”

Katelyn Kitzinger, a junior, co-chairs the committee for this event along with fellow junior Rachel Gamelin and senior Ciara Grawey. Kitzinger has been a part of Senior Citizens’ Day throughout her time in high school.

“I just really like seeing the seniors enjoy themselves,” she said, “and this gives them an opportunity to see what the youth are doing.”

Senior Citizens’ Day draws the underclassmen in as well. Freshman Ava Dahlman was a part of the event for the first time this year.

“It was slow at first, getting everyone in,” she said, “but after the presentation in the auditorium started, things started taking off more.”

Dahlman also said that she enjoyed listening to the stories that the senior citizens told her about their life experiences, and said that this event was a great opportunity for people who live alone or don’t have much family in the area to come out and have a good time.

Blystone describes this event as a bridge between the youth and the rest of the community. She said that the senior citizens enjoy seeing how many things about school have changed, but many have also stayed the same.

“School has changed,” she said, “and the seniors are interested in how things have changed, but they also like seeing that certain things about the kids haven’t changed that much.”

The event is just as popular with the seniors who attend. Don and Sharon Miller of Marinette have been attending for several years. “We’ve been coming for at least five years, and it seems to grow and improve every year,” Don Miller said. His wife said said that it’s one of the main events that she looks forward to every year.

“I put it on my calendar and the rest fits in around it,” she said. “The entertainment, the band and the choir, they do it so well, and the kids are just the best.”