FRES hosts ‘Thanks a Bunch Brunch’

Photo by JESSIE SALISBURY Florence Rideout Elementary School in Wilton honored its volunteers with a brunch on May 23. Tables were set up in the bus lane in front of the school.

WILTON – Schools depend on their volunteers, and on Tuesday, May 23, the students at Florence Rideout Elementary School honored theirs with an open-air brunch.

Tables were set up in the bus lane in front of the entrance. The menu included breakfast burritos, chicken salad sandwiches, fruit cups, mini cinnamon rolls and bagels with cream cheese, served by fifth-graders learning the proper etiquette of table service.

Principal Tim O’Connell said it was a schoolwide effort, and expressed the school’s thanks for all of the help.

The first-graders made tissue paper flowers, which were attached to place mats made by second-graders. A banner, “Thanks a Bunch Brunch,” was created by the third grade, and the fourth grade made the invitations.

The fifth-graders served as hosts and wait staff. Part of the school’s chorus presented a program after the meal.

“We hope this will be an annual event,” O’Connell said.

Among the guests were school aides, bus drivers, members of the School Board, and people involved in the Atlantic Salmon Restoration Project, which ended this year.

“But we may change to raising trout,” George May, president of the Souhegan Watershed Association, said in thanking the students for the recognition and presenting teachers with a “Life Cycle of Frogs” kit.