A school reached out to students and families to spread holiday cheer on Thanksgiving Day.
Salem Elementary School principal Adrienne Carter anxiously prepared for guests. This was the school's first Thanksgiving Day dinner and the staff wanted it to be fit for its students and their families.
Many staff members, like fifth grade teacher Angel Dyer, brought their families along to help.
When the meal was served, it was clear the staff at the school had created something that was appreciated.
“I didn't cook because I had to work today,” said Gloria Reeves. “This is also our first Thanksgiving without my mom so this was something to keep us busy and somewhere else to go.”
It was about more than providing a meal, but about connecting the school with the surrounding community.
“This is an extension of our family,” Carter said. “We spend so much time here with the students and their families, we thought, “What is a way that we could reach out to them and also continue to build with the greater community in Salem?’”
For many, the meal was a show of support for the school and community that spread a feeling of goodwill.
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