Above– Hannah Beethe spent a few special moments with her grandmother Kay Oestmann at the Exeter Senior Center Senior to Senior breakfast.
Below – Kaitlyn Vavra and her grandmother Carol Michl talk about Kaitlyn’s plans after graduation at the Exeter Senior Center Senior to Senior breakfast.
The Exeter Senior Center was nearly full for their senior to senior breakfast Friday morning.
For seventeen years the Exeter Senior Center has honored the graduating Exeter-Milligan seniors and their grandparents by serving them breakfast.
Friday morning 14 of the 17 graduates joined nearly 40 of their grandparents for a delicious breakfast of egg casseroles, donuts, fruit, juice and coffee.
This program, the senior to senior breakfast, was initiated by Elva McBride, a long-time member of the Exeter Senior Center.
Brenda Motis, Fillmore County Senior Services Director, spoke at the event noting, “It’s the parents who get all the recognition as they should. But we also know how important the love and support of grandparents can be in the lives of their grandchildren.”
The students and their grandparents were served the breakfast by the many volunteers at the senior center. Motis also introduced all the volunteers at the breakfast as well as pointing out the officers of the Senior Center board of directors who were present.
After breakfast was consumed, Motis asked the seniors to introduce themselves and elaborate on their plans after graduation. She also asked them to introduce all of their grandparents and family members who were present. This year, for the first time, the seniors sat with their grandparents. This was very well received.
The grandparents were also given an opportunity to share stories about the graduates along with special memories. The laughter in the audience was contagious.
Motis reminded the graduates, “No matter what, always remember you’ll always have a link to the Exeter and Milligan communities and family, friends and neighbors like us who are thinking of you and supporting you all the way.”
The graduates enjoyed some time visiting with their grandparents at the conclusion of the breakfast.
The senior center gave away two gift cards to the graduates by drawing the names of Hannah Beethe and Travis Gilliam. Casey’s also donated all of the donuts for the breakfast.