Annual event at George Washington High School continues to draw students, alumni, families and community
It’s a tradition that keeps on giving!
For the past 10 years, George Washington High School has hosted its annual Thanksgiving meal. On Nov. 19, more than 370 students, alumni, families and community members attended the dinner, held inside the school’s cafeteria.
Karen Pierce, media specialist at George Washington, said when the dinner started it was simply a way to bring families together.
“It started as a family night. Back in the day, we had a parent liaison (now they’re called parent involvement educators) who thought this would be a good idea to welcome our families to have a wonderful thanksgiving dinner,” said Pierce. “It was such a huge success, we decided to continue that tradition, and it has grown every year.”
In the beginning, it was the school’s staff that purchased all of the food and, along with community members, cooked the meal. These days, it’s all catered, thanks to grants and donations.
In addition to dinner, the school also provides Thanksgiving baskets for families in need. Families are chosen by the school social worker and baskets include items needed to make a complete Thanksgiving meal.
“The response from families has been wonderful,” said Pierce. “It’s something they look forward to. They are very grateful for it.”
This year’s dinner was made possible by George Washington staff and volunteers, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Salvation Army, JROTC and the many other donors.