It was all worth it for the teachers and Grade 3 and 4 students of Milestone Elementary school. All their efforts to ‘bridge the gap’ paid off on Wednesday, the 9th of May at the spring tea. Around 90 seniors responded to invitations by the children and came out to be served and entertained by them.
The festive mood at the elementary school said it all. As seniors began to fill the gymnasium by 12:45 p.m., the volunteers, parents of the Grade 4 students, rushed around looking for more and more chairs to seat them.
It was the highest ever attendance for a Spring tea!
The children presented ‘The three nanny goats gruff’ almost to perfection to the enjoyment of the grandfathers and grandmothers. The wooden bridge made by Mr. Steve and the beautiful backdrop painted by the children made the show outstanding.
After the show, beautifully decorated and set tables and chairs were laid out by the volunteers, students and teachers. Volunteers helped the children serve tea and coffee to the seniors. The parents of Grade 4 brought in dainties, cookies, cupcakes, cheese and crackers. Served in china dishes, it all looked a perfect tea combination.
One of the seniors commented, “We (She and her husband) have been attending the tea for years. I look forward to this interaction with the children.” The joy on the faces of many grandparents said it all. They sure enjoy these moments with the younger generation, especially in a setting designed to honor them.
There was a sad tint to all the celebrations. Mrs. Mary-Jo Steve who masterminded the whole program lost her sister Sharon that morning. Mr. Paul Massier took the spot and conducted the program well.