Multigenerational Fun at Whitman's Annual Spring Fling

Spring is in the air as South Huntington seniors enjoy a beautiful day.
Spring is in the air as South Huntington seniors enjoy a beautiful day.
Keith Jacobsen calls the winning raffle tickets.
Keith Jacobsen calls the winning raffle tickets.
Catching up with the younger generation, it was all smiles.
Catching up with the younger generation, it was all smiles.
Whitman students provided an excellent example community spirit.
Whitman students provided an excellent example community spirit.
Principal Acker got the festivities started by handing out some gifts as GSO Advisor Ms. Elizabeth Leogrande proudly watchers her students.
Principal Acker got the festivities started by handing out some gifts as GSO Advisor Ms. Elizabeth Leogrande proudly watchers her students.
Alexis Darrow delivered a raffle basket to a very happy winner.
Alexis Darrow delivered a raffle basket to a very happy winner.
Whitman’s finest made smiling contagious.
Whitman’s finest made smiling contagious.
Taking a spin on the dance floor after a hearty lunch.
Taking a spin on the dance floor after a hearty lunch.
Fresh salad delivered by smiling students, it keeps getting better.
Fresh salad delivered by smiling students, it keeps getting better.
Second helpings were gladly delivered by Gina Cipriano.
Second helpings were gladly delivered by Gina Cipriano.
Kelly Eng kept the hot gravy ready for our hungry guests.
Kelly Eng kept the hot gravy ready for our hungry guests.
Ms. Connie McMullan, proud mom of celebrity photographer and Hall Of Fame Inductee Patrick McMullan enjoying herself.
Ms. Connie McMullan, proud mom of celebrity photographer and Hall Of Fame Inductee Patrick McMullan enjoying herself.

If you entered Walt Whitman High School's main drive this past Saturday, you immediately noted the aroma of roast chicken, baked potatoes, and fresh spring peas mixing with the sounds of Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and the Andrews Sisters. As you followed your senses a little further back into the Whitman campus, to the south cafeteria, you saw that South Huntington's senior citizens had their dancing shoes on and had brought their appetites for the annual Spring Fling.

This event was hosted by Walt Whitman students, who served up music, lunch, raffles, and dancing for an afternoon that has become a local favorite for all who attend. Organized by Whitman GSO advisor Ms. Elizabeth Leogrande, this day of food and fun is a real hit. With more than 175 local senior citizens in attendance, by midafternoon there was little room on the dance floor. 

To the delight of South Huntington’s senior community, the Spring Fling celebration has grown into a much-anticipated annual event. With an all-you-can-eat hot lunch, raffle prizes, and lots of dancing, this event was the place to be on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in April. And if our local seniors felt the urge, precisely at 2:00 PM they were able to walk down the hall to the Performing Arts Center and enjoy the student-led musical Legally Blonde. Whitman students provided an excellent example of why they possess so much community spirit.