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Seniors get royal treatment

Iona Adkins is pampered by the students of the cosmetology department at Collins Career Center during the Senior Day on Tuesday.

Iona Adkins is pampered by the students of the cosmetology department at Collins Career Center during the Senior Day on Tuesday.

GETAWAY — The Collins Career Center hosted its annual Senior Citizens Day on Tuesday.

More than 70 seniors attended the event, where they were treated to two free meals, bingo and a sampling of the services of the vocational students attending the center.

Principal Jim Howand said the center has hosted the event for about 15 years and usually tries to schedule it around Thanksgiving.

Seniors attending could get health screening and checks of blood pressure, blood sugar, pulse, weight and cholesterol from health academy students.

Those in the auto technology lab checked air pressure and fluid levels, as well as provided inspections of belts and hoses, while auto collision and diesel students were washing vehicles.

IT networking students provided basic training for seniors on using computers and smart phones and hospitality students gave instruction on digital photography.

The school’s salon was a popular draw during the event.

Kim Kelley, who teaches cosmetology, said the students had provided service to more than 50 seniors, where they got haircuts, manicures, pedicures and scalp massages.

All of the services provided were free of charge.

She said the event was beneficial to students.

“They learn to put others first and learn community service, organizing teamwork and customer service skills,” she said.

The school’s welding department made door prizes, which were on display in the lobby, including a Christmas tree made of horseshoes.

Howand said the seniors love to interact with the students and that the event is popular with the school.

“You’ll see them standing around and waiting to serve them,” he said. “it’s very popular. You’ll see them guiding people in wheelchairs from location to location. It’s great, not only for the seniors to come, but for students to have that interaction.”

Both the Ironton and Sybene/Chesapeake senior centers brought caravans of people to the event, which was open to the public.