Students at the new Van Wert School at the Goedde celebrated Thanksgiving early by preparing and enjoying a delicious homemade dinner. Family members, school officials from Van Wert, Lincolnview, and Crestview, and community members were invited to join the festivities on Tuesday, November 16 in the S.F. Goedde gymnasium. Students worked for several days preparing the meal while learning valuable life skills in the process.
A few eager staff and students arrived at school as early as 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday to ensure the dinner would be ready on time. Over 200 meals were served from a robust menu including turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, scalloped potatoes, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, baked beans, and a variety of desserts.
Rhonda Cunningham, Director of School at the Goedde, used the words of John F. Kennedy when presenting the idea of the feast to the students, “We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
Cunningham hopes that this Thanksgiving feast was the start of a new tradition at Van Wert School at the Goedde. “I feel that the Thanksgiving dinner is something that is so important to the success of this school; it’s an excellent way for students to take pride in something they’ve done that they can share with their family members.”