Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School Student Government club members served up a huge helping of harvest-time cheer last week at the 24th Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner. Students transformed the high school cafeteria into an elegant dining room for the guests as the walls and tables were decorated with student artwork from all of the school buildings within the district.
The guests of honor were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving fare including turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, squash, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls, and a beverage. Student Government Advisor Elizabeth Dunham, APW High School staff volunteers, and APW Food Service staff members were behind the scenes preparing the plates while the students loaded up their serving carts and headed out to their designated tables. Weaving through the numerous tables and over 100 guests, the servers were busy refilling drinks, tending to their guests’ and serving up some homemade pie.
As visitors dined, members of the APW Music Department provided live entertainment and members of the ‘prize patrol’ called winning ticket numbers. Door prizes along with the turkey and fixings were donated by faculty members and various community members and businesses.
For those attending, the dinner provided a perfect opportunity to gather with friends and neighbors before the beginning of winter, and pause for a moment to reflect on what they are thankful for. For many, it was good food, good entertainment, and good friends.