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A Thanksgiving Feast


A senior citizen enjoys a dance with a Walter Johnson student.

More than 170 senior citizens were honored at a Thanksgiving feast at Walter Johnson High School on Nov. 15. This was the 37th year that the school has hosted the Senior Citizens Luncheon. The seniors were from 10 retirement communities throughout Montgomery County.


The luncheon was sponsored by the Walter Johnson Key Club, a group dedicated to reaching out to the local community. The traditional meal of turkey-with-trimmings and pumpkin pie was prepared by the school’s cafeteria workers. Building service workers helped set up the cafeteria for the event. About 65 student volunteers served the meals and engaged their guests in friendly conversation.

The school’s jazz band played throughout the event, and the chorus and madrigal singers entertained the crowd. Then the dancing started, to the tunes of Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder and Frankie Valli.

“We had a lot of people on the dance floor this year,” said teacher Allison Hoefling, a sponsor of the Key Club. “We had a husband and wife dancing. Students dancing with senior citizens. Groups of students dancing together. … It was a happy way to end the event.”

Teacher Chris Murray is also a Key Club sponsor.

The Thanksgiving event began in 1975 and was established by three former Walter Johnson staff members—past principal Donald Reddick; Gilbert Muir, who taught music; and former English teacher Frederick Tippens.

Last Updated: 11/27/2012