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Students at St. Matthew’s School spent two days measuring, chopping and cooking for their pre-Thanksgiving feast of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, jerk chicken, rice, ham, pulled pork, corn bread, rolls, macaroni and cheese, and more.
“The students did an amazing job cooking. I want you to have a wonderful holiday and let’s have a great meal,” Leslie Handler, St. Matthew’s principal, said before the festivities began Nov. 21.
There were plenty of jobs to be done in addition to cooking. One student wrapped the cutlery in paper napkins with pumpkin designs on them. Jermire Pyatt, 16, and Jaquell Wilson, 18, worked all morning on the day of the event to set up tables and chairs in the dining room. One of the St. Matt’s students was the DJ for the event, playing Christmas songs and other tunes.
Adam Gamble, 15, said he had a great time at the party. He ate a large turkey drumstick, corn, rice and macaroni and cheese. His favorite food was the macaroni and cheese. Between the meal and dessert, he danced with his teacher, Margaret Donaghy, and some of his classmates.
“I danced and laughed and smiled,” he said of the special day.
About 100 students, staff members and visitors ate the meal. The students made so much food that there were plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day.