The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

November 20, 2012

A feast of thanks: CHS students learn the value of Thanksgiving

By Natalie Conrad
Herald Staff Writer

CLINTON — While the meaning and significance of Thanksgiving is widely known, to some students it is simply a fantasy.

Clinton High School teachers are making sure special education and at-risk students understand and appreciate the annual fall feast.

“How many kids actually have a Thanksgiving meal or know what it means?” Special Education Teacher Don LeRoux said.

Around 100 students, faculty and staff of Clinton High School gathered for a special Thanksgiving feast on Monday.

LeRoux started the event nine years ago and has led it each year with the help of generous colleagues.

“It’s a great opportunity for all the kids to see each other and talk to different people,” LeRoux said.

The feast starts with all the students saying what they are thankful for, which excludes material items.

Turkeys are provided by the district and all side dishes and desserts are brought in by staff. Home economics students also lend a hand in preparing buns and side dishes.

Leftover food is given to those in need and the Victory Center.

In order to partake in the feast, students must be in good standing academically and behaviorally.

“We make sure it’s for the kids who really deserve it,” LeRoux said. “It’s all about positive role models and creating a tradition they will remember and continue into the future.”