Lenape Technical students prepare 23 turkeys for free Thanksgiving dinners
Thanksgiving isn’t until Thursday, but Kay Lynn Crissman, a senior at Lenape Technical School in Manor, is already sick of turkey.
“I don’t want to see another turkey for a long time. I’m not sure if I’ll even eat turkey at my family dinner,” Crissman said. “I’m just waiting for Christmas — because we’ll be having ham.”
Crissman is one of 19 Culinary Arts students at Lenape Tech who spent hours preparing 23 turkeys last week. The turkeys will be served at free Thanksgiving dinners at Grace Presbyterian Church in Kittanning and New Life Center in Ford City this week.
The class put the final touches on the turkeys Friday afternoon, and will roast the birds today, said instructor Andrea Fahlor.
They made an additional 10 turkeys for the school’s Thanksgiving celebration last Thursday.
“We’re doing something good for the community and knowing we’re making food for people who might not have a great Thanksgiving is comforting,” said Clayton Cacurak, a senior culinary student.
The project taught students more than just how to cook, Fahlor said.
“It’s very important the students learn the importance of giving back to the communities,” Fahlor said. “A lot of our students don’t have a lot themselves, so we show them they can give back in ways other than donating money, since time can be a lot more valuable.”
The turkeys are just the start of the charitable holiday-themed projects for the Culinary Arts program. The class is raising money to provide Christmas presents and meals to four children and their families through the Armstrong County Community Action Agency, Fahlor said.
The class will be raising money through several small fundraisers and donating tips they receive through the school’s restaurant so they can go shopping for gifts.
“The students really enjoy being able to go out and buy the gifts and making sure these kids have a good Christmas,” Fahlor said. “It gives them a real sense of pride to be able to help someone else.”
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or [email protected].