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Goff Middle School continued its longstanding tradition of hosting a Thanksgiving meal for its special education program on Thursday in the school’s gymnasium. Students from self-contained classes, as well as District and Questar III BOCES staff, piled their plates high with turkey and all the trimmings.

“It has become a cherished tradition, full of good food, fellowship and cooperation,” said Special Education Teacher Tammy Kirwin who coordinates the event.

Carol Bluhm, a retired Questar III employee began the Thanksgiving meal more than 20 years ago as a way of enriching her Life Skills curriculum and thanking the Goff community for its support of the Questar classes in the building.

The meal is consistently served to 300 people. Students helped with cooking, setup, clean up, decorations, shopping, greeting and writing thank you notes. The Questar classes, Goff PI ELA classes, MAP classes and Home and Careers classes also contributed with cooking, set up and clean up.

After an enjoyable event, the school donated the leftovers to the Albany City Mission.

Special thanks to District and Questar III staff, and to the Goff PTO, Bimbo Bakery, Hannaford, Price Chopper, Piece of Cake Bakery and Zachary’s Pastry for making this special event possible.