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Cafeteria staff and volunteers, from left: Lisa Thomas, Kathy Bennett, director of food services Katie Wallis Galinsky, Gina Tolerico and teacher Angie Curtis.

Traditions have to start somewhere. That was the thinking behind the establishment of a new holiday tradition in Carbondale: a community breakfast, with special attention paid to area senior citizens.

The breakfast was held on a Sunday morning not long before Christmas at the Carbondale Area High School cafeteria.

“The idea came to us from our new superintendent, Robert Mehalick, who rallied up the troops here at Carbondale Area to make this vision a reality,” explained teacher Nancy Osborne.

“This wonderful tradition has begun as a community spirit-building activity, specifically aimed at giving back to the countless individuals who have served and contributed to our school district for many years.”

Senior citizens were encouraged to attend at no cost. Transportation was provided for any senior citizen who needed a ride, by making use of the school’s busing company. Osborne estimated that about 100 people attended and about 30 took advantage of the buses.

“Entertainment was provided by our high school band, as well as many very talented students who sang solos to bring smiles to our many honored guests,” Osborne added. The band played traditional Christmas tunes, while the seniors enjoyed typical breakfast far such as homemade omelettes, danish, eggs and sausage, with cookies for dessert.

“The food was delicious; the spirit of Christmas charity and joy was ever-present; and we topped it all off with a visit from our very own Santa. We look forward to having this celebration of Christmas cheer together for many years to come,” she said.

he band and there were 5 or 6 soloists who sang more modern tunes. I’m guesstimating about 100 people were served. I think maybe 30 were bused in from the senior citizen high rise centers. The students there were from the high school. I didn’t see any smaller children. It was billed as a Senior Citizen Free Bfast but all were welcome. All the adults got a kick out of Santa. He was presented by Student Council.