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By: Garret Parlett and Storm Bluntschly (CHS Student Reporters

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means another annual Crestview High School get- together is fastly approaching. All high school students and staff, as well as some special guests from Dayspring Assisted Living, senior citizens, area clergy, and board office employees are all invited to sit down to a traditional meal of turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, rolls and butter, and various desserts donated by CHS teachers and many community members.  This will take place during an extended lunch on Tuesday, November 20th, the last school day before Thanksgiving Break. There will be dozens of banquet tables set up in the gym where everyone will gather to eat together. In addition to the high school cafeteria staff, servers will include many on staff, the superintendent and board office staff, and several community volunteers. This event has been going on strong for 7 years and it looks like it's going to continue for a long time.

Mr. Ditlevson, the principal and organizer of this year’s event, spoke with us about what the event really means to Crestview and some of the community members:  “One thing I've asked about since coming to CHS is the traditions we would like to keep going. I respect the traditions that are important to the community and the school.” He continued “It definitely sets us apart from other schools. This is the only school that I’ve ever seen do this, and I’ve been around.  I've never seen anything like it. It says we don’t care just about academics, we care about matters of heart, and each of our students’ feelings.”

David Reese III, a student at CHS that has also attended some different schools said, “I really like it we get to spend time with our friends and it gives people the opportunity to have a Thanksgiving if they can’t have one at home. I think it's really special that the school does something like this. There has never been a school that felt more like a family than Crestview.”

The Crestview High School family would like to keep this tradition going for a long time to come but they can’t do it alone, they will need the help of the students to get everything prepared. Seniors last names beginning A-K need to bring a 64 oz Hawaiian punch; seniors last names beginning L-Z need to bring one 12 pack of rolls (non bake) and a package of stick butter; all juniors should bring one twelve pack of rolls (non-bake) and a package of stick butter; all sophomores bring one box of stuffing and one jar of turkey gravy; freshman last name A-K should bring one large can or three small cans of corn, and freshman last name L-Z bring one large can or three small cans of green beans. All non-perishable items are welcome to be brought in this week; rolls and butter should be brought in starting Monday, November 19th.  

We appreciate all donations, and hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving, this year!