The delicious smell of roast turkey and all the trimmings filled the gymnasium at Howard L. Goff Middle School on Thursday as students and staff gathered for their annual Thanksgiving Feast. A long buffet table stretched across the gym displaying turkey, pulled pork, mashed potatoes, yams, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce and plenty of sweet treats such as cake, cookies, brownies and pies.
Throughout the late morning and early afternoon, teachers, staff and students from Special Education classes sat down together to eat a Thanksgiving meal.
The longstanding event was hosted by the MAP program with support from the 6th grade Jump Start program, the Life Skills class, and the Home & Careers class.
“I have always loved Thanksgiving and the feast is something I look forward to every school year,” said Social Studies Teacher Timothy Galvin, now in his second year of coordinating the event.
“Tammy Kirwin started the feast and did an amazing job coordinating it every year,” he continued. “The MAP program is honored to play a key role in continuing on this tradition to help show thankfulness at this time of year. It is wonderful to give back and show appreciation to everyone who works so hard all school year.”
Following the event, the leftover food and unused supplies were brought to the Rensselaer City Mission.
Special thanks to everyone who made this event possible!
- The event could not have happened without the time, effort and guidance of Sharon Dunn and Maureen Janowski
- Steve Taylor and Natalia Multunas for helping serve food, clean up and delivering the donations of leftover food and supplies to the Rensselaer City Mission
- Timothy Galvin, Rachel Mathis and Tammy Kirwin for serving food
- Donations from the faculty and staff, the PTO and the East Greenbush Teachers Association
- Price Chopper, Hannaford and Zachary’s Bakery for donating food and money
Dinosaur BBQ and Tipsy Moose for providing discounted food
- Goff Maintenance staff for setting up and breaking down the event
- Goff Kitchen staff for preparing food
MAP program students who helped peel 50 pounds of potatoes to make the mashed potatoes, as well as set up and break down of the event
- The support of Principal Jill Barker and the rest of Goff Administration
- The support of Superintendent Jeff Simons and the rest of Central Administration
- And the countless others who donated money, food and supplies to make the event happen