FES Afterschool Students Host Annual Community Dinner Party


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The Chesapeake Culinary Center and the Caroline County Parks and Recreation (CCPR) Lifelong Learning Center Program once again teamed up to provide students the opportunity to host the Annual Community Dinner Party at Federalsburg Elementary School.

Guests enjoyed a wide variety of appetizers, dinner items, and desserts, served by fifth graders who participated in the afterschool program. Funding for the event was generously provided by the Caroline County Human Services Council and the Governor’s Office for Children. A representative from Senator Ben Cardin’s office was on hand to present a special recognition to program site coordinator Mace Davis.

In preparation for the dinner party, students learned how to organize and execute an event, plan a balanced and nutritional menu, send invitations, shop for local foods, set a proper table, prepare the meal, and ultimately act as hosts and servers. During this process, students also learn about customer service and job opportunities in the hospitality field. Each student received a certificate of program completion.

Afterschool program third and fourth grade students also were recognized for completing the YMCA Learn to Swim program. YMCA staff and volunteers were on hand to present certificates and medals to the students.

Since the first dinner party was held in 2006, the event has become a favorite for both families and community. This year, the event was attended by Senator Addie Eckhardt, Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Joseph Bartenfelder, County Commissioners Larry Porter, Wilbur Levengood, and Dan Franklin; School Board Members Kathy Dill and George Abner, Superintendent Patricia Saelens, FES Principal Yolanda Holloway, Federalsburg Mayor Chuck Planner, Human Services Council Program Monitor Susan Runnels, and a host of staff from CCPS and CCPR.

(All event photos are located on the Caroline County Public Schools Flickr page.)