Home Ec Teacher “Granny” Turns 99!

The Sundance School has 99 reasons to celebrate on January 13, 2013 from 2 – 4 pm.  The cooking and sewing teacher, Agnes Zhelesnik, affectionately known as “Granny”, is turning 99 years old!

Granny has been a staple at The Sundance School since 1996 when she started her career as a lunch and playground aide.  Eventually, she became the full-time home economics teacher and even created an after-school sewing class.  The research is still being conducted, but there’s a good chance that Granny is the oldest full-time employee in the country.

“This party is not just to celebrate a birthday.  We are honoring the life of an incredible woman.  Granny represents everything that Sundance is all about: happiness, commitment, creativity and so much love.  Granny comes to work every single day with a smile on her face.  She knows everyone’s name.  She never has a complaint and you’ll never see her sitting down.  She also has no plans to retire.  She’s a true inspiration in every sense of the word,” said Kaysie Norman, the Head of Marketing and Events for Sundance.

Granny’s 99th birthday party will be a fun-filled afternoon in The Sundance School’s auditorium.  Many of the current staff and students will be in attendance, along with some proud alumni and of course the school’s founders, Jeff and Ginny Tobey.  All are welcome to stop by for coffee, cake and hugs.  There will be an open microphone “Granny Tribute” where party guests will be encouraged to sing songs, recite poetry or share their favorite stories of Granny.  Granny’s surprise birthday gift will also be revealed – a handmade quilt, with each unique fabric square designed by one of the Sundance classrooms.

For more information on The Sundance School and Granny’s celebration, please call the office at 908.561.5055.

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