Thanksgiving came a little early, but then again, it always does for students at Bishop Larkin Catholic School in Port Richey. For 15 years now, volunteers have been serving it up for students, with the littlest ones donning construction paper Pilgrim hats and feathers as they re-enact the first Thanksgiving held all those years ago in Plymouth, Mass.
These days, it takes about 30 volunteers, 180 pounds of turkey, countless cans of green beans, and boxes of stuffing, potato and cranberry bread mixes to pull off this feast for 300 students, said Sharon Spencer, the Home and School Association president.
The food is great, but best of all, perhaps, is the preparation that goes on in the classroom in the weeks before the feast.
"I think it's the best tradition we have," Spencer said. "The kids come as Pilgrims and Indians. They make their costumes. They make the place settings and the teachers incorporate it all into their classroom lessons."