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North Warren's Thanksgiving Dinner is a community affair

North Warren Central students Brooke French and Mattelyn Beadnell prepare food in November 2011 for their school’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. This year’s edition of the popular event is to be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23.

North Warren Central students Brooke French and Mattelyn Beadnell prepare food in November 2011 for their school’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. This year’s edition of the popular event is to be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23.

— Nov. 12, Andrew explained why she launched the tradition a dozen years ago.

“The community gives us wonderful support whether it’s our fundraisers, support for our teams or our drama productions,” she said. “We wanted to give back to our community for all that they do for us all year long.”

She said that the dinner has grown remarkably through the years, because people enjoy the socializing among families and school staff.

“It’s become a huge thing in our school, and all the students participate in it — whether it’s peeling potatoes, making cole slaw or serving the meals — and they’re talking about it now,” she said. “It gives the kids a chance to do good for others.

In prior years, the event has included drawings and giveaways, a feature that’s likely to be repeated this year.

Andrew said that musical entertainment would be presented by students at various times during the event. No reservations are necessary.

Andrew added that the annual communal meal has strengthened community bonds through its tenure.

“The experience is very rewarding and positive — it brings us all together,” she said. “It’s become a great, great thing.”

Ellsworth added a similar thought.

“It’s a wonderful way to start out the holiday season,” she said.

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