Federalsburg Students Host Annual Community Dinner Party

(PDF) June 27, 2018 - 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.

Approximately 175 guests enjoyed a wide variety of appetizers, dinner items, and desserts, served by 20 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.

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.

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 Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Joseph Bartenfelder, County Commissioners Larry Porter, Wilbur Levengood, and Dan Franklin; School Board Member Kathy Dill, Superintendent Patricia Saelens, Federalsburg Mayor Chuck Planner, Human Services Council Program Monitor Susan Runnels, and a host of staff from CCPS and CCPR. 

Federalsburg Elementary Principal Yolanda Holloway stated, “The Community Dinner Party is always a great opportunity for our students to showcase the positive impact that this after school program has on their development. I also appreciate the support provided to the event by our terrific cafeteria staff."

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