AUGUSTA---Before settling into their seats for a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends on Thursday, the eighth-grade class at St. Michael School in Augusta wanted to ensure that less fortunate people in their community would be able to enjoy the same experience.
On Monday, November 19, the eighth graders helped distribute over 200 Thanksgiving baskets, most prepared by the students themselves, to local community members in need. The distribution took place inside the school gymnasium.
Individuals in need of assistance this Thanksgiving were asked to call the Salvation Army to reserve one of the special baskets, each containing all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Parishioners, community members, and the school community had donated boxes and boxes of food in recent weeks.
A blessing for the recipients, but an honor for St. Michael School to bring cheer to many.
“Our students learn the importance of service and caring for our neighbors on a daily basis,” said Denise Levesque, marketing director at St. Michael. “We are proud to make this Thanksgiving special by delivering baskets and smiles to many individuals and families who otherwise might not have the resources to enjoy this holiday.”
“I suggested to all of the students that they make something like this an annual tradition,” said teacher Mary Dionne. “Reaching out and helping others in our community who may not have as much as you will make a lasting impression. As crazy as things get this time of year, acts like this are what they will remember all their lives.”
The entire student body at St. Michael will also gather at St. Mary Church (41 Western Avenue) on Tuesday, November 20, at 9 a.m. for a special Thanksgiving prayer service which will be led by the fourth graders. The students will bring non-perishable food items to the service for the local food bank.