La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – For over 25 years, various organizations and individuals work together to put on a Community Thanksgiving in La Crosse.
90 eighth grade Longfellow Middle School students spent a portion of their Friday morning baking 76 pumpkin pies for the meal.
Students throughout the La Crosse School District contribute as well, using supplies donated by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation.
Participating groups learn about the power of collaborating with others.
“I know at other schools, teachers and families donate so it’s a community effort to make this dinner come together,” Megan Zellner, Longfellow Middle School Family and Consumer Education Teacher, explains.
It also takes skills learned in class to help students contribute to the meal.
“For my students alone I know that it’s taking the skills that we learn in class and applying them to something that’s bigger than them. Something where they can help out the community and help out people in need,” Zellner finishes.
Besides the collaboration from community organizations, students must work with each other to make the pies.
“It’s an experience because I am a very shy person. Working with people is helping me with that, and it will help anyone that’s shy,” eighth grade Longfellow Middle School student Cameron Schmitt discloses.
Once students learn to work together, they say it’s an experience they enjoy.
“Not everybody has a chance to be with family,” Natalie Zumach, eighth grade Longfellow Middle School student, elaborates.
“Maybe they can’t afford it, or they don’t have family to spend it with. If they have something that we help do, it just kind of feels good.”
The La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day, from 10 in the morning until three p.m. at the La Crosse Center. There is no charge to attend.