Com­mu­nity donates Thanks­giv­ing meals

7 Caln Ele­men­tary School fam­i­lies re­ceived a Thanks­giv­ing meal from the fac­ulty and Girl Scouts

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Girl Scout Troops and Caln Ele­men­tary School fac­ulty gave Thanks­giv­ing din­ners to lo­cal fam­i­lies.

CALN >> A warm meal on a hol­i­day is the per­fect way to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion and that some­one is think­ing of their sec­ond fam­ily at school.

Girl Scout Troops and Caln Ele­men­tary School fac­ulty con­tin­ued their 10year tra­di­tion to sup­ply Thanks­giv­ing din­ners on Tues­day for their lo­cal fam­i­lies. This year they served seven fam­i­lies.

School of­fi­cials noted the Girl Scout Troop from Caln Ele­men­tary is led by Carol Tritt, one of the build­ing sub­sti­tutes. Caln’s two guid­ance coun­selors, Beth-Ann Hack­meis­ter and Marcy Knecht, or­ga­nized the re­ceipt and pack­ag­ing of items to present to the fam­i­lies. Hack­meis­ter and Marcy Knecht said in the spirit of giv­ing, all items were do­nated to en­sure that Caln fam­i­lies felt sup­ported by the Caln com­mu­nity of ed­u­ca­tors.

“We are very grate­ful for the sup­port from our lo­cal Girl Scout Troop and Caln fac­ulty for be­ing so gen­er­ous in their con­tri­bu­tions to our Thanks­giv­ing pro­gram,” Hack­meis­ter said.

Nearly 400 food items were do­nated by staff and the Girl Scouts. The food was eq­ui­tably distributed amongst the fam­i­lies. Hack­meis­ter and Knecht said this act of giv­ing demon­strates the com­pas­sion that the staff have for stu­dents and their fam­i­lies.

Fam­i­lies who re­ceived the din­ners picked them up at the school on the last stu­dent day be­fore the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day break. Dur­ing the pick-up, one par­ent told them that “we ap­pre­ci­ate the do­na­tion.” An­other said “we can’t wait to cook.”

Hack­meis­ter and Knecht added that staff mem­bers ea­gerly do­nated the items and ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to as­sist their stu­dents to en­joy their hol­i­days a lit­tle more.

“Each year we are able to as­sist fam­i­lies in need and pro­vide them with a fab­u­lous Thanks­giv­ing din­ner,” Knecht said. “It’s a bless­ing to be a part of such a won­der­ful com­mu­nity.”

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Girl Scout Troops and Caln Ele­men­tary School fac­ulty con­tin­ued their 10-year tra­di­tion to sup­ply Thanks­giv­ing din­ners on Tues­day for lo­cal fam­i­lies. Caln guid­ance coun­selors, BethAnn Hack­meis­ter and Marcy Knecht, are pic­tured in front of food items do­nated to one of seven Caln fam­i­lies this year.

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