Youth council plans dinner-dance for Smithfield’s senior citizens

SMITHFIELD – Not all of Smithfield’s youth were watching The Office Thursday night. A group of 20 high school students met together as the Mayor’s Youth City Council.Brent Perez, the Junior Mayor, addressed the students at the meeting where the main agenda item was finalizing plans for Saturday’s Senior Ball. The ball, hosted in the Smithfield Stake Center, will welcome senior citizens for a patriotic dinner, and dancing. The dinner is being provided by the Lions Club and will be served by the council. Douglas Orahood has donated memorabilia including photos, flags, helmets and metals to decorate the gym.During the meeting, the council was divided into 3 groups, to greet, escort and pin flowers purchased from Smithfield Flower Shop.They bought them there “to support the local businesses,” explained Joanna Mantz, council adviser.Perez advised the members of the importance of being at the ball.”We would like you all there to get to know the seniors better,” he explained. “We want to be friendly and talk to as many seniors as possible. We want to get to know them.”The Smithfield City Youth Council has been active for over five years and was started by the Mayor.

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