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Students At West Valley Hold Dinner For Seniors - Citizens, That Is

This afternoon Mia Stocks and Tasha Box will don their formal gowns and get ready to say “thank you” to their elders, with a free banquet for senior citizens.

The banquet will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today at West Valley High School. Dress is semi-formal.

Stocks and Box, both seniors and ASB leaders at West Valley, have led the planning for the event. At least 60 senior citizens have signed up. Capacity is 150 people.

The motto for the event is “It’s time for the youth to give something back.”

“Tasha and I came up with that,” said Stocks. “The senior citizens, they’ve been around a long time and many of them have done so much for us. Youth are always taking, taking, taking, and especially the (high school) seniors - we’re old enough to give something back.”

Stocks is ASB activities director; Box is treasurer.

The dinner will be turkey with fixings and “lots of desserts.” Students will help ready most of the meal in the school kitchen, with supervision. Local restaurants are supplying the turkeys.

Dancing to big band music will follow dinner, with free dance lessons for those who like.

A photographer will be on hand to capture the moment for couples. Door prizes will be drawn for; poinsettias will be given away at each table.

And it’s all free.

Close to $1,000 worth of supplies have been donated. Sun Rental Center “showered us with everything,” Stocks said. Just $157 in student fund money is going into the event.

More than 40 students are involved in the project. Stocks picked up the idea at a student leadership conference.

Organizing has been more work than she expected.

“I thought a meeting or two would be it. But it’s a lot harder to get students to actually do things,” Stocks said. “And if anything goes wrong, it comes down on Tasha’s and my shoulders.”

And the fun part?

“Seeing the reaction on their faces at the Senior Citizens Center when they heard it was all free,” Stocks said.

Any seniors attending the banquet can also catch part of the West Valley basketball game. The West Valley-Coeur d’Alene game starts at 4:30 p.m. and seniors who have reservations for the banquet can get into the game for free.

, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: FOR RESERVATIONS Tonight’s senior citizens banquet at West Valley High School is free. A turkey dinner will be followed by dancing. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 928-1978 or 891-9576 by 2 p.m. today.

This sidebar appeared with the story: FOR RESERVATIONS Tonight’s senior citizens banquet at West Valley High School is free. A turkey dinner will be followed by dancing. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 928-1978 or 891-9576 by 2 p.m. today.

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