A smiling, happy crowd of senior adults dressed in their best (some ladies with hats) recently met at the Ponchatoula Community Center earlier than the regular lunchtime to enjoy the fellowship and food of a Tea party given just for them.
Hosting the occasion were Ponchatoula Area Supervisor Paula Dunn, Office Assistant Sheryl Achord, and Site Manager Janice Jackson.
The colorful decorations made it a celebration of Valentine’s Day along with Mardi Gras.
Delectable goodies added even more color to the tables ranging from veggies and dip to sandwiches, from cookies to iced cupcakes — not to mention plenty of tea, of course.
As if all those weren’t tempting enough, Community Center Director Lynette Allen came waltzing in with two beautiful King Cakes.
City Public Relations Writer Kathryn Martin extended a welcome followed by Director of Student Outreach May Stilley.
Because Seniors have joined forces with the after-school children in the new Pen Pal exercise, Stilley gave the history of Student Outreach.
From the sounds of surprise and response, it was obvious most Seniors had not known that Mayor Bob Zabbia and the City Council were responsible for providing the program as well as the meeting spaces available for both groups.
Stilley explained the help coming from after-school efforts boosts some students who need to catch up or even get ahead in their studies.
She said, “In addition to their studies, we try to include as many community resources we can for the children to have well-balanced lives. What better resource can we have than you Seniors with your experiences to share with them!”
Stilley went on to say, “You won’t believe how excited the children are after roll call when I yell ‘Mail Call’ and they have a letter from you all.”
It was apparent the Seniors shared the excitement as the room brightened even more when she held up the “mail box” and delivered mail from students to them!
Next, Director of Tangipahoa Council on Aging Debi Fleming welcomed those present and commended the local staff for their on-going work and caring.
An audience member recalled that Fleming and the City worked together to get the city bus which provides transportation five days a week for Seniors and others.
Soon afterward, Seniors made short work of getting in the food line, and, leaving no evidence behind, joined their friends for fellowship and games to complete the morning and get ready for lunch to come later.