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Operation Turkey & Hometown Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Career and Technical Education (CTE) students showed thanks this holiday season by helping their community. On Tuesday, November 26, culinary arts students from the F. Donald Myers Education Center and Southern Adirondack Education Center gave back. 

The Saratoga Wilton Kiwanis Club worked in conjunction with the Key Club at the F. Donald Myers Education Center to prepare 100 holiday food baskets for local families in need in what they call “Operation Turkey”. 

Key Cub students and Kiwanis volunteers set up tables and food stations to create Thanksgiving baskets, which will be delivered by volunteers to families in need, seniors, shut-ins and area shelters. The effort is spearheaded by the Culinary Arts program. Exceptional Learners classes played an active role.

The Kiwanis club is providing all the food needed to prepare a healthy Thanksgiving meal for 6 people.  

Chef Celeste David said, “while this is my first year working on this project, our program has had a long tradition of supporting the community through this effort. It is particularly relevant since a number of the baskets will be going families of F. Donald Myers Education students themselves.”

Although “retired”, CTE’s very own Chef Maureen has helped for more than 15 years with this event and this year she was right back at it. Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner also came to assemble packages.  

Click here to see the Spectrum News story about Hometown Thanksgiving. 

At the Southern Adirondack Education Center, 49 culinary arts students have been honing their skills for the past 2 weeks in preparation for Hometown Thanksgiving. They roasted 38 turkeys, made 35 gallons of gravy and 24 pans of apple crisp, all of which will contribute to providing 1400 meals at the Methodist Church in Glens Falls for Hometown Thanksgiving.

CTE is happy to support these community service projects as it helps students to understand the importance of giving back to their community.

group of culinary students in school kitchen around a prep table full of food

Chef Matt Young with a happy Jimi Grimmer of Hometown Thanksgiving as he collects turkey, gravy and apple crisp prepared by culinary arts students.