A difference of 60 or 70 years doesn’t make any difference at all during Overland High School’s Annual Senior Citizen Luncheon. Smiles, laughter, conversation and music fill any generation gap that might exist between the school’s students and their honored guests. Just ask 91-year-old Helen Kier.
“It’s so nice to see how the young people treat the seniors,” Kier said. “They’re so friendly and so nice. It’s fun to see how good the students do serving everyone. They just wait on you hand and foot!”
Kier and her husband Olin, who’s also 91, have been married for 69 years. They’ve attended many of the Overland luncheons during that time, often accompanied by their son, Larry, who is 65.
“It’s a wonderful idea,” Olin Kier said. “It gives everyone a chance to see what’s going on in the school. We want to go back.”
Overland hosted its 28thth Annual Senior Citizen Luncheon on Sept. 25 to celebrate more than a quarter century of friendship with the school’s senior community. Area senior citizens were treated to a delicious lunch, prepared by the school’s food service staff and served by members of Overland’s National Honor Society and cheer and pom squads.
Junior Wesley Schumacher, an NHS member, helped set up, then spent time visiting with several senior citizens, including one who is a military veteran.
“It was really cool to listen to him, his stories of basic training and his years in the service,” Schumacher said. “I really related to his athleticism. It was a fun experience.”
The guests also enjoyed performances by Jewell Avenue Jazz, Overland’s female jazz choir, 9 Mile Jazz, the school’s coed jazz choir and the OHS Jazz Band Ensemble, as well as the Seniors 88 choral group from Heather Gardens.
Overland Activities Director Shari Van Haselen, who’s been at Overland for 27 of the 28 luncheons, says it’s a remarkable thing to see.
“Watching our kids be ambassadors and create relationships with seniors – it’s amazing!”