Students Learn Ballroom Dance And Give Honor To Veterans

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ISELIN – Students from high schools, junior high schools and elementary schools in Sayreville and Perth Amboy will participate in the Multicultural Grand Cotillion on Sunday, May 20, at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin.

To prepare for the event, they have engaged in workshops learning social skills such as proper greetings, table manners, public speaking, volunteerism, bully prevention, preparing for college, personal grooming and the traditional elegance of ballroom dancing. One class was conducted at the Hudson County College Culinary Arts Institute where cotillion students received proper table instruction while being served a full course meal.

The Grand Cotillion is sponsored by the Multicultural Grand Cotillion Scholarship Society Inc. (MGCSS) which was established in memory of Staff Sergeant Johnnie A. Walker and his high school friends who gave their lives serving our country. This weekend, the U. S. Armed Forces is being celebrated throughout the country and the cotillion program will give honor to veterans and active duty men and women.

Barbara Walker, founder of MGCSS and widow of SSG Johnnie Walker said, “The Grand Cotillion not only provides workshops in social skills, etiquette and preparation for college, but it also serves as a vehicle for college and higher education financial support.” Tickets and journal ads for the affair sold by the students can be the start of their college savings.

Partnering with MGCSS is the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD). Over 30 years PRAHD has provided critically needed services to children and families in Perth Amboy. Their affiliation benefits and impacts their ongoing efforts of developing young people into responsible contributors to society.

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