BTC students and senior citizens learn and appreciate each other.
When the Channel 10/55 reporter arrived at the “Bridging the Generations” event at the Brookhaven Technical Center (BTC), she headed for the lively group enjoying lunch. When she asked about the menu, Anne Cohen was quick to respond. “This is a wonderful thing Eastern Suffolk BOCES is doing. Everything is beautiful and the food is delicious.”
A Channel 10/55 reporter interviews guest Anne Cohen (above).The ladies, and one man, all connected by the Bellport/East Patchogue Housing Alliance, were guests at the “Bridging the Generations” complimentary luncheon, a community service project for SkillsUSA students coordinated by teacher Jayne Kaht. Culinary Arts juniors and seniors prepared the menu, set up the restaurant-like atmosphere that included impressive table settings, and cleaned up afterwards, guided by their teacher, Chef Matt Kodak.
Event coordinator Jayne Kaht (sitting at the head of the table) joined the special guests having lunch.The visitors were treated to nail and hair services, causing Dorothy Lee to express, “I’m feeling very pampered.” Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) students provided blood pressure screening, and a Computer Technology student gave assistance to Charles Peterson, who wanted to Google search “1928” to recall his childhood.
LPN student Maria Romero (above), a Rocky Point UFSD senior, takes Bernice Harris’ blood pressure.
Kamaal Fils (left), a Rocky Point UFSD senior who will be attending SUNY Old Westbury in the fall, said of Mr. Peterson, “I appreciate meeting him. He has broadened my mind.” Mr. Peterson responded, “And I appreciate how you helped me.”
Adding to the smiles and laughter were preschoolers from Jayne Kath’s Early Childhood Education class.SkillsUSA, a national, non-profit organization with a partnership of teachers, students, and industry, promotes leadership training and community service projects.