Holiday dinner is long-standing tradition

Susan Gunnell - Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

The holiday season for the Huber Heights City Schools officially began on December 2, 2015 with the annual Senior Citizens Holiday Dinner. The dinner is a long-standing tradition first held in 1971 in the Menlo Park gymnasium. At that time, the district’s superintendent was Mr. Charles Newton. The dinner has continued under superintendents, Mr. Edward Hoffer, Dr. Thomas Graham, Mr. Richard Burke, Mr. William Kirby, and yours truly. Over 200 hungry senior citizens attended this year’s dinner held in the Wayne High School cafeteria.

Each year, the Secretary to the Superintendent is charged with coordinating the dinner. As the current Secretary to the Superintendent, Mrs. Therese Ferrell has very successfully directed the event for many years. Volunteers decorate the tables, assemble the programs, serve the meal, and provide clean-up service after the meal. The meal is prepared by the Huber Heights City Schools Nutrition Services Staff. Special assistance is provided by the Wayne High School ROTC. This occasion has become so popular that the number of staff and students volunteering to help grows larger each year.

Entertainment at the dinner is always one of the highlights of the evening. Throughout the years, a number of our vocal and instrumental groups have performed for attendees including the Wayne High School Jazz Band, the Wayne Choraliers and Chorus, and our elementary school choirs. Each year, the evening’s festivities are topped off with the reading of “The Night Before Christmas” by one of our elementary school students. This year the honor went to second grader, Henry Mainord, from Charles Huber Elementary School.

Although the dinner is sponsored by the Huber Heights City Schools, it would not be possible without the help of many others. Each year, the dinner is supported through donations from area businesses, organizations, and students. We would like to thank everyone that financially supports the dinner and volunteers their time. The Senior Citizens Holiday Dinner would not be possible without your help!

This dinner is one way we can show our appreciation to the senior citizens of our community and share with them the talents of our students. We are already looking forward to the next Annual Senior Citizen Holiday Dinner in 2016. To all, a very happy holiday season and, as always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell

Susan Gunnell

Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at