CLINTON – Stout’s Irish Pub served a traditional Thanksgiving feast to students and teachers of Gateway Learning Center Tuesday before students left for the holiday break.
Gateway Learning Center opened this year in the Gateway Area Community Center as an alternative school for students who don’t succeed in a traditional school setting. Shane Edwards, who, along with his wife Rachel, owns Stout’s, said Tuesday that he was a student of Clinton’s former alternative high school, Lincoln, several years ago.
Having Stout’s cater the meal was an easy choice for GACC. Edwards’ parents, Linda and Tom Kramer, are on the GACC board as is Esther Vogel of Speak Out, a suicide prevention organization that has a room called Hope Haven at GACC. Stout’s has catered Camanche’s Speak Out community Christmas dinners the last two years, Vogel said.
“We give a lot of donations every year,” said Edwards, so he was glad to cater a meal for the Learning Center. Students and teachers dined on ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie in GACC’s gymnasium.
Clinton students will be out of class Wednesday through Friday for Thanksgiving break.