SPRINGHILL – Over 300 elementary students said their thanks and were rewarded with turkey dinner today and the menu almost tipped the scales at 800 lbs.
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Parents, volunteers, businesses and local organizations banded together to offer all of the students at Springhill's elementary schools a Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Now in its 22nd year, the annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the students of Junction Road Elementary and West End memorial schools is back after a hiatus last year and the community rallied to make sure this year was a success.
“We had a lot of parent-participation this year,” organizer Cathy Fisher said. “They really came out to help.”
Be it donations, helping with serving, chaperoning or a simple gesture of holding open a door, the volunteer-numbers were strong and the students reaped the rewards.
“It’s become a community-minded Thanksgiving in every sense of the word,” Fisher said.
“It’s a wonderful thing,” elementary schools Principal Shelia Maddison-Alick said. “Everybody is so willing to help any way they can. It’s great to be part of a wonderful community.”
Behind the scenes, more than 200 lbs of turkey was prepared, 350 lbs of potatoes, 100 lbs of carrots, 50 lbs of corn, 80 litres of apple juice and 7 lbs of fresh cranberries. Fresh rolls were made for the occasion by volunteers and the artwork adorning the walls of the CIBC Common Room at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre was provided by the students themselves.
Fisher and the members of the community-group Helping Hands – including Bev Sharpe, Claire Canning, Mini Godfrey, Art Turnbull and Bernice Rushton – thanked the community, local business and service groups with helping making this year’s dinner a reality. Even more thanks was given to the home and school associations, the bus drivers who drove the younger classes, and the Chignecto Central Regional School Board for letting the students participate.