The Club provides support for GRCI's Christmas Tea
Delegation from GRCI extends personal thanks!Updated Friday January 13, 2017 by Stanley Park Optimist Club.
PHOTO: Thanks from students & teachers from Grand River Collegiate for support of their Seniors' Christmas Tea. (L-R) Audrey Batters, Sharon Ball (President of the Optimist Club of Stanley Park), Aldene Waud (Optimist member and supporter of the event) and Sara Milks. Audrey and Sara, teachers at GRCI, have been prime organizers and coordinators of the event for years and, ... many more to come! (Jan. 26, 2016 at the Club's dinner meeting at Heritage Greens.)
One of the Optimist Club of Stanley Park's annual projects has been providing financial support to the students of Grand River Collegiate for the hosting of their annual Student and Senior Christmas Tea. This year (2016) was the 25th annual event, and (again) the biggest to date requiring extra funding support to ensure success while accomodating all the attendees! It's become an established afternoon tradition (first Wednesday in December) that provides an opportunity for students to make connections with seniors in the community.
Seniors attended from local establishments including Victoria Place, Conestoga Lodge, Doon Village Retirement Home, Trinity Village, Winston Park, Highland Place, Countryside Retirement Home, Pine Haven, and Sunnyside Retirement Residence in addition to family members and guests of GRCI's students. The event featured an afternoon of entertainment showcasing the musical talents of both students and staff and refreshments prepared by GRCI’s hospitality classes. In total, well over 400 students participated in a various capacities: musicians, performers, food prepares, servers, decorators, organizers, tech crew, stage crew and Santa helpers. Over 30 staff members also volunteered their time to coordinate, organize, and facilitate this great community outreach event.
Well done Renegades for giving back to your community and starting the festive season off in the spirit it was meant to be celebrated - we're glad to be able to help!