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Briarcliff High School Students Share Love With Seniors

Briarcliff High School’s Student Government and Interact Club hosted the second annual Valentines Day Tea for local senior citizens, offering an afternoon of multigenerational conversation, sweet treats and entertainment by the students.
Briarcliff High School’s Student Government and Interact Club hosted the second annual Valentines Day Tea for local senior citizens, offering an afternoon of multigenerational conversation, sweet treats and entertainment by the students. Photo Credit: The Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Briarcliff High School students hosted the second annual Valentine’s Day Tea ahead of the holiday for 30 local senior citizens through the Village of Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department.

The afternoon event, organized by members of the BHS Student Government and Interact Club, included refreshments, conversation and entertainment by the talented student body that ranged from a short comedic act to singing and dancing.

“It’s a special occasion because it’s a way to give back to the community,” said Josh Papson, a high school senior and treasurer of the Interact Club. “I have a high respect for the elderly because they always have very enlightening experiences and wisdom that they’re willing to share. Valentine’s Day is about giving love, and we wanted to do that by inviting the elderly in our community for a fun day of entertainment and delicacies.”

Pamela Gordon, co-advisor of both the student government and Interact Club along with Patricia Manchisi, said last year’s inaugural event was so successful that they decided to involve more students in this year’s celebration.

Ragnhild Holmquist, a grandmother of eight and former elementary school teacher who visited with her husband, Eric, said they were impressed with the event’s atmosphere.

“The students are very welcoming and made us feel special,” she said.

Visitor Connie Griffin said she enjoyed the student performances and the afternoon in anticipation of Valentine’s Day.

“I can’t get over how well-rounded the students are,” Griffin said. “They were so friendly and informative. It’s nice to interact with young people. Everybody seems to be joining together to make you feel welcomed, and to me, that’s love.”

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