St. John students, faculty serve up school spirit

May 22, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

With "At the Hop" and "Earth Angel" blasting from a boom box, girls in poodle skirts and pink-ribboned ponytails played hostess to their classmates and parents at the Burger King restaurant in Westminster.

"This is dumb music," said Kate McAllen, 13. "How about the Rolling Stones?"

But no, that group arrived too late for the 1950s theme chosen by the eighth grade at St. John Catholic School in Westminster.

Students and their parents meet at the Route 140 restaurant on the third Tuesday of the month for dinner and camaraderie while they earn a percentage of the sales for the school.

Last week, the restaurant donated $110 from Tuesday sales to the school. The event has generated as much as $270 from one night for St. John School.

"It is a good social event for the group and gives us a chance to show ourselves at our best to the community," said Neil Sarsfield, restaurant owner.

Each class takes a turn at planning the evening. The students are too young for cooking in the kitchen. Many dished out paper crowns and colorful balloons in the dining area, which seats about 90 and was filled for the two hours set aside for the parish group.

Donna Brown, mother of four, said the atmosphere was noisy but she felt right at home.

"This is not just giving," said Mary Stieber, who was dining with her two children. "The school community is coming together and everybody is getting something out of this."

Another mother, Terry McGehrin, said, "We have to eat anyway and this way the school earns money."

Harold Andersen, munching on a Whopper, said he was following orders.

"My wife told me to be here," he said. "This is a cute idea and the food is wonderful, not fried."

To add personal flavor, someone from the parish staff takes a turn behind the counter. Nancy Gregg, kindergarten teacher, found herself in a Burger King uniform Tuesday, serving hamburgers and fries to her students. "Hard work, but great fun," she said.

"My teacher waited on me," said a smiling Joey Payne, 5. "She did really good."

Ms. Gregg said she had the "greatest admiration" for the employees who know instantly how to key in orders on the computerized cash register. After nearly two hours, she still wasn't sure which buttons to push.

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