Mettawee students, seniors share meal

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PAWLET — Students from the Mettawee Community School broke bread with senior citizens of Pawlet and Rupert before Thanksgiving.

The generations shared food and friendship at tables decorated for the holidays for the MCS Thanksgiving Feast in the school's gym.

"This annual event demonstrates the spirit of our community," said Mettawee School principal Brooke DeBonis. "The seniors come as honored guests of our school, parents and staff help rustle up and serve the food, and the students pitch-in with food preparation and provide the entertainment. Everyone from all ages participates in the celebration."

The invited attendees for this year's feast added up to 360 people, including members of Rupert Leisures and Pawlet's Haystack Hustlers.

Lisa Olsen and Kim Perkins of Mettawee's Food Service Operations worked for weeks preparing a menu that included 130 pounds of turkey, 80 pounds of mashed potatoes and 32 loaves of pumpkin bread. Each grade of the Mettawee student body offered a helping hand with the sides and trimmings: Kindergarten provided the stuffing; first grade (applesauce), second grade (cranberry muffins), third grade (more applesauce), fourth grade (pumpkin bread), fifth grade (peeled potatoes), and sixth grade (butternut squash).

The Mettawee Thanksgiving Feast creates a logistical challenges that were managed by Heidi Hammell of Mettawee's administrative staff. Hammell sent out invitations, oversaw table decorations, created the seating chart to make sure every student sat with one of the guests and organized every single detail of the day.

DeBonis summed up the spirit of the event in her remarks to the young students and the not-as-young special guests.

"Think about the people that mean a lot to you," DeBonis said. "Please take the time to thank them and show your appreciation to everyone in your life."



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