Leonard Polak

Sparwood students host dinner for residents of Lilac Terrace

Sparwood Secondary School’s leadership class hosted a dinner for the residents of Lilac Terrace.

On Apr. 7, Sparwood Secondary School’s leadership class hosted a dinner for the residents of Lilac Terrace and the Villa. The dinner was part of a project focusing on community engagement.

Roughly two dozen seniors attended the dinner, providing them an opportunity to mingle with high school students. In honour of Sparwood’s 50th anniversary, the leadership class wanted to learn about the town’s history and thought there was no better way than talking to people who experienced it.

“We wanted to do something in the community and we wanted to get to know Sparwood and its heritage, so these guys are the best to tell us,” said Macenzi Lukkar, a Grade 8 student in the class. “It’s pretty fun. They are really nice.”

Leonard Polak, Isabelle Beaune and Robert Dyck mingled at the dinner hosted by Sparwood Secondary School’s leadership class.

Leonard Polak, Isabelle Beaune and Robert Dyck mingled at the dinner hosted by Sparwood Secondary School’s leadership class.

The leadership class has nine students spearheading the project, which they began planning  a couple of months ago. They also reached out to local communities to ask if they would donate to the dinner. Teck Coal, the Elk Valley Thrift Shop and Links River all contributed to the project.

The class was also responsible for preparing the meal and cleaning up afterwards.

“A week or so ago we made a recipe up and then got the senior’s food class to make it for us today,” said Lukkar.

The seniors were appreciative for the opportunity to engage with local youth. Some said it was an interesting experience and a nice way to celebrate Sparwood’s 50th birthday.