The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

November 5, 2012

Serving those who served

Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The students of Medina High School’s Arista National Honor Society chapter are preparing a free feast for local veterans, part of a weekend of events honoring those who answered the nation’s call to service.

MHS will host the lasagna dinner for all area veterans and their families at 6 p.m. Friday. Students involved are hard at work making sure it goes well, with each member personally preparing a tray of lasagna. In all, they’ll be making enough to serve up to 250 people.

“Our students are working really hard on this,” said Principal Mark Kruzynski. “One of the requirements of National Honor Society members is for them to volunteer and provide service of some kind to their community. Well, this is one place where we see that in action. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Along with the main dish, guests will be offered salad, dinner rolls, and dessert. The dessert is being prepared by another student group — Students United for Positive Action, an organization that partners with the Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

When the SUPA students heard about the National Honor Society’s upcoming dinner, they saw it as something right up their alley, and immediately asked if they could help. That’s when their adviser, Kristina Erath, came up with the plan to take over dessert responsibilities. 

Together, both organizations look forward to having the opportunity to say thank you to area veterans and their families for all of their sacrifices in a way that is more convenient for the veterans.

“Last year, we hosted a pancake breakfast on Veteran’s Day itself,” said Arista Chapter President Jessica Rosenbeck. “But we heard from a lot of veterans that they were unable to attend, because they have so many commitments on the actual holiday. So we decided to change our breakfast to a dinner, and to host it the Friday before.”

The dinner will be enhanced by the renowned A’Capella Choir’s Patriotic Ensemble, led by Director Lisa Roeseler. The group plans to sing during the meal. Afterwards, guests will be invited to the Auditorium, where they will be honored with a musical tribute from the Medina Marching Band, led by Director Jim Steele. The marching band will be performing their first place championship show, “Coming Home,” along with two other patriotic-themed pieces.

“All of us look forward to welcoming our guests on Friday,” Kruzynski said.

Any interested veteran or family member of a veteran is asked to make a reservation for each person attending by calling the school at 798-2710.

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