Baker students host senior citizens for holiday event


Cadet 1st. Sgt. Javier Steele of the Baker Junior ROTC escorts a senior citizen from the school auditorium to the school cafeteria for a Christmas lunch, during the Senior Citizen's Banquet on Tuesday at Baker school.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 01:04 PM.

BAKER — Baker School students treated local senior citizens to Christmas music performed by the middle school band and a Christmas meal prepared by the school's culinary program Tuesday at the school.

Principal Thomas Shipp said he was pleased with the event's turnout. Denise Gronberg, who organized the event with the help of students, said 75 people attended.

"This is probably the biggest turnout we have had in a number of years," Shipp said.

"We came here for the food," Sam Brunson said. Brunson and his wife of 50 years, Betty, 67, regularly attend the annual event.

Many residents know Brunson as the voice of Baker varsity sports. In which, he continues to call plays from the press box at Doug Griffith Stadium, during football season and several other Baker sporting events. 

 "In the 38 years, I have been doing it, I have probably only missed five games." Brunson, 69, said.  Brunson said that he and his wife have been attending the event since the 1980's.

"We come here to see people we haven't seen in awhile," Brunson said. Many of them are longtime friends and classmates of Brunson when he attended the school.

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