Thanksgiving came a little early this week when Beech Grove City Schools held its second annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 21.
“This is a great opportunity for our students, our staff and community come together,” said Superintendent Dr. Paul Kaiser. “We have 50-70 kids volunteering, a lot of teachers volunteering and we’re serving our community. We’re especially thankful to our sponsors, Performance Services and Community Health South who donated money along with Chartwell and Piazza Foods. It’s all free to the community and donated by our business partners. It’s a great day to be a Hornet.”
Students greeted guests at the door, dished out food and even served drinks. Their time could be applied toward volunteer hours, a graduation requirement. Students from South Grove Intermediate School even volunteered to help serve. The Beech Grove High School cafeteria was filled with guests through the two-and-a-half-hour event. Many, like 94-year-old JP Pedrey, were returning for the second year.
“He connected with a couple of teachers last year,” said JP’s daughter, Cathy Cummings. “They invited him places. He just went to The Wizard of Oz. It’s got my dad doing more things. All of that happened because he came last year, met a couple of people from the school and they got him connected to the high school, the programs and productions they put on.”