Area schools celebrate Thanksgiving with feasts

MANISTEE — Two Manistee schools showed the true meaning behind Thanksgiving by celebrating the many things they are thankful for in their lives on Tuesday.

Even the little visitors enjoyed the annual Thanksgiving feast at CASMAN Academy on Tuesday.(Ken Grabowski/News Advocate)

Even the little visitors enjoyed the annual Thanksgiving feast at CASMAN Academy on Tuesday.(Ken Grabowski/News Advocate)

CASMAN Academy and Tina Fisk’s class at Trinity Lutheran School held special dinners on Tuesday afternoon featuring plenty of good food and fellowship.

At CASMAN Academy, the annual Thanksgiving Feast is something that students look forward to every year. A full turkey dinner with all the trimmings is prepared by staff, the board of education and volunteers from the community for the students to enjoy.

“We do this every year and the kids love it,” said CASMAN director Shelly VanVoorst. “All of our staff helped with it, and we have a group of volunteers that have been helping for the second or third year for this event. They help us cook and prepare all the food.”

VanVoorst said what makes the meal possible is the many generous donations that come in from individuals and businesses. She said it wouldn’t be possible without that support, but to watch the kids’ reaction is priceless.

“The kids love it and this is something they have been talking about for a couple of weeks,” said VanVoorst. “The kids who were here last year are telling the new ones you have to come this year, because it is great.”

VanVoorst said with the amount of food they make for the dinner, none of the 60-plus CASMAN students walk away hungry.

“We have mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, corn, carrots, sweet potatoes, gravy, homemade rolls and all kinds of desserts,” she said. “You name it and it is probably on that table.”

Part of the fun for the students in Tina Fisk's class at Trinity Lutheran School was helping to prepare the food for their Thanksgiving dinner for parents and grandparents.(Ken Grabowski/News Advocate)

Part of the fun for the students in Tina Fisk’s class at Trinity Lutheran School was helping to prepare the food for their Thanksgiving dinner for parents and grandparents.(Ken Grabowski/News Advocate)

The day also is special for the CASMAN kids because it starts the holiday season. VanVoorst said CASMAN students are all part of a big family, and that this is what they do for their family members to celebrate the start of that season.

At Trinity Lutheran School, teacher Tina Fisk and her students have been preparing an annual Thanksgiving Day dinner for the people that are important in their lives. Students and volunteers help prepare the food.

“All the students get to invite two guests to come, and we also do a short program for them,” said Fisk. “It is just an opportunity to be together with family. Most of the kids have mom, dad or grandpa and grandma and just who is able to come in for the dinner.”

Fisk said it isn’t quite the traditional Thanksgiving style feast as they do chicken drumsticks with Shake ‘n Bake, a broccoli casserole, vegetables, sliced apples, corned bread and pumpkin pudding dessert.

“It is some of the components of Thanksgiving, but it is also a chance for the kids to do some meal preparation,” said Fisk. “The kids just absolutely love it and even if it is just chicken drumsticks, I have kids come back years later and say ‘those were the best ones I ever had.'”

She said they also did a Johnny Appleseed play to entertain those adults who were in attendance.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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