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High School students create a "Tree of Thanks;"
donate food to Salvation Army

photo of Tree of Thanks

This "Tree of Thanks" stood in the foyer of the High School for several days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 27, 2013 -- Thanksgiving meals were more robust around the Glens Falls region, thanks to boxes and boxes of food donations for families served by the Salvation Army.

Many high school students contributed to the Athletics Department-sponsored food drive, which ran through mid-November. The drive now shifts to toy collection, and continues through mid-December.

In an initiative of the high school's positive environment committee, students and staff members wrote messages of thanks on paper leaves that were hung on a large "tree" of branches gathered in the high school foyer.

Many of the leaves praised individuals - the leaf pictured at right says "Mrs. Ponda said I have a beautiful smile. It truly made my day."

Also at the high school, students in the family and consumer science department’s “American Cuisine” course cooked (and enjoyed!) a full Thanksgiving meal on the Monday before the holiday.

photo of project

Many of the tree's leaves praised individuals for their compassion or acts of kindness.

On the menu were traditional favorites such as roasted turkey with giblet gravy, southern sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, and apple crisp.