It has been a tradition in Tri-Town for 25 years now. Every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving, the students at Old Rochester Regional Junior High School treat Tri-Town seniors to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
The event goes on like a well-oiled machine now after 25 years, with many of the same food service volunteers running the show behind the scenes, knowing exactly what to do and how it’s done.
Lines of eighth-grade volunteers dressed in black and white enter and exit the cafeteria kitchen, in their hands are steaming plates of hot turkey and gravy that thankful guests receive at their tables. There were just under a hundred students there to volunteer their time for the Thanksgiving tradition.
There were over 150 door prizes, items donated by residents and businesses for the raffle, and students raised $500 in fundraising for the event.
“This tradition is one of my favorites,” said Superintendent Doug White, attending his sixth junior high Thanksgiving dinner. “It brings us all together over great food, refreshments, and company.”
By Jean Perry