By Joyce DeWallace, Contributing Writer
Shrewsbury – It’s all about the organization. Running like clockwork, buses transported over 300 effervescent young people from one end of Shrewsbury to Dean Park May 27 for the Class of 2016 Senior Picnic. Andrea Loiseau, mother of senior Jaclyn Loiseau, served as the coordinator and more than 20 parents worked to keep things moving smoothly the day of the picnic. They, along with other parents, solicited donations of food, gifts and supplies. They arranged the lawn activities, the music and the colorful decorations.
“Everyone worked so hard to make a special day for the senior class. I want to personally thank all the parents and faculty who helped make this a great event,” said Loiseau.
All the students had been instructed to wear their red class t-shirts emblazoned with the class logo, “Go B16 or go home.”
After they arrived on an almost perfect summer day, the soon-to-be graduates scattered throughout the park where various games had been set up. A sea of red shirts dotted the playing fields to compete at beanbag tosses, volleyball, softball, kickball, Hacky Sack, a variation of Frisbee golf or touch football. Music played by a DJ blared over loudspeakers, and red and white balloons festooned the picnic tables.
Burgers, grilled chicken, and hot dogs, which had been donated by Apple Spice, were loaded on serving tables along with tubs of salads and chips. Assorted cold beverages were available in industrial coolers with ice supplied by the Shrewsbury Fire Department. For dessert, trays were piled high with slabs of watermelon, cookies and brownies. Juniper Farms provided an ice cream cart.