Thanksgiving dinner came early at Northumberland Elementary School on Tuesday as the school celebrated with its annual “Thanksgiving Feast.”
The feast has become a tradition over the past six years as part of the school’s Family Engagement Month, Principal Stephanie Baker said Friday.
Baker explained that the idea is simply to get parents, children and staff together without any programs the parents may not want to attend. A good many did want to attend the feast, though.
“We had about fifteen-hundred people,” Baker said. The cafeteria staff served them between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. “That’s a lot of people to feed in that period of time,” Baker said. “The cafeteria staff are amazing.”
Everybody had turkey, mashed potatoes, peas, gravy, a biscuit and a pumpkin dessert.
To fit everybody in, tables were set up in the gymnasium as well as in the cafeteria.
The feast was included as part of the Virginia School Board’s Association’s annual efforts to bring the schools and their legislators together. All Northumberland’s legislators were invited but none were able to attend, Baker said. Supervisor Joe Self did, however, attend as did School Board Chairman Betty Christopher and School Board member Dana O’Bier. Superintendent of Schools Holly Wargo and other members of the schools’ administration also attended.
The smiles on the elementary school students’ faces showed their gratitude and enthusiasm for their “thanksgiving Feast.”