A lot of good things happen when you bring middle school students together with seniors in the community. It’s a chance for the community’s valued seniors to share stories and life experiences while students share their artwork and a peak into their middle school world.
This year marked the 23rd Annual Senior Breakfast for the SFSD middle school students and staff. More than 200 guests visited the new Silverton Middle School campus to enjoy student-led tours and breakfast in partnership with Roth’s Fresh Market. Student art and science fair projects were also on display.
“It is a great opportunity to connect our community with the students and staff,” said SMS Leadership teacher Darby Hector. “The students enjoy meeting and greeting our guests and the community gets to see what great kids we have and our positive learning environment.”
Community Leaders Step In to Help
According to Hector, several community volunteers helped cooked breakfast including former City Manager Bryan Cosgrove and former Mayor Ken Hector who cooked the eggs. Jaime Martinson and Billy Tracy prepared and flipped pancakes while Tony Chandler was the muscle, moving tables and chairs.
Quality Time for Everyone
“It was a great event for our community and Silverton Middle School,” said SMS 8th grader Maddie Kraemer. “Many wonderful people came and the students got to chat and listen to their stories. The middle schoolers learned helpful advice and what to expect in our future as we grow up.”
Silverton guest Verlene Beard has attended many of the breakfast events over the years.
“The breakfast is always very good, the students do a nice job serving and visiting with the seniors,” said Beard. ‘This year, they took us on tours of the new facility. New to them, and to some of us, it’s our alma mater. The kids and staff do a great job organizing this year after year! Good job everyone!”
Becky Ludden, whose grandchildren live 600 miles away, said she looks forward to the senior breakfast every year.
“This is a community event that reaches out to touch people of all ages,” explained Ludden. “The students are very engaging and attentive. Missing my own grandchildren, I appreciate the opportunity to have contact with this age group. Their enthusiasm gives us hope for the future!”
SMS Leadership Students Take Charge
The SMS Leadership Class organizes and promotes the event that includes visits to local service club meetings like Rotary, Kiwanis and the Merchant Meeting. They also do the decorating.
The annual breakfast tradition was started by former Mark Twain Middle School Principal Dale Koger.