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Hannibal Students Prepare Thanksgiving Feast

HANNIBAL, NY – Hannibal Central School District students in the life skills class transformed their classroom into a 5-star restaurant during a recent Thanksgiving celebration.

Dustin Recore (left) and Chris Guernsey are all smiles as they prepare to eat the Thanksgiving feast they helped create during their life skills class at Kenney Middle School.
Dustin Recore (left) and Chris Guernsey are all smiles as they prepare to eat the Thanksgiving feast they helped create during their life skills class at Kenney Middle School.

The students, ranging in age from 10 to 18, did everything from meal planning and preparation to taste testing their recipes.

They created invitations and placemats, shopped for food at the IGA, made the meal, and enjoyed the fruits of their labor.

“The students learned a lot of valuable skills as part of this (project),” said teacher Mindy Kaufman. “They did the shopping, where they compared prices and found the best deals. They followed recipes to make the food. They did a great job.”

The students’ hard work paid off, as they enjoyed mashed potatoes, turkey, vegetables, rolls, cranberry sauce and other Thanksgiving staples.

Students in the Hannibal Central School District’s life skills class stand in the serving line as teachers and staff members fill their plates with food during the recent Thanksgiving celebration.
Students in the Hannibal Central School District’s life skills class stand in the serving line as teachers and staff members fill their plates with food during the recent Thanksgiving celebration.

Teachers, administrators and support staff joined the students for food and conversation.

The life skills class at Dennis M. Kenney Middle School is in its fourth year.

It has provided hands-on opportunities for students to develop workplace and communication skills while taking on a range of responsibilities.