Two days before Thanksgiving, Frontier High School opened its doors to the community around Elizabeth for its annual Community Thanksgiving Meal. County residents from as far away as Fondis joined friends at the school for the Nov. 24 dinner, which …
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Two days before Thanksgiving, Frontier High School opened its doors to the community around Elizabeth for its annual Community Thanksgiving Meal. County residents from as far away as Fondis joined friends at the school for the Nov. 24 dinner, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.
The meal is served and managed by Frontier students who are assigned to groups based on individual interest. The majority of the food for the celebration is donated, and the meal was open to all, featuring turkey, traditional fixings, and a salad bar.
“It's a chance for us to give back to the community for supporting Frontier High School,” said Principal Rob McMullen. “Elizabeth is a small community, and it's a great way for us to show our appreciation for all their support.”
In previous years the event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., has typically served around 200 guests, but this year's dinner had drawn that number by just after noon.
As part of the festivities, the school also held a raffle. Two tables were filled with donated gifts — many with a holiday flavor — for the raffle, with the proceeds supporting the Frontier High School Experiential Education Program.
In addition to hosting the Community Thanksgiving Meal, students at Frontier are assisting with collections for two community service projects. Collection boxes were set up on the Frontier campus for visitors to donate a toy for the Elizabeth Fire Department's holiday toy drive. Guests were encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy. The drive is especially in need of gifts for newborns and toddlers as well as for youths age 12 to 16.
Alongside the collection of toys, students are also collecting nonperishable food for the American Legion Post 82 annual food drive. The American Legion Food Drive began in mid-October and will continue through Dec. 5 in the Walmart parking lot. It is estimated that the food drive will provide more than 80 Elbert County families with a complete Christmas dinner in addition to boxes of food.
Both the toys and food will be distributed on Dec. 16 to families who registered through the Elizabeth Fire Department.
Frontier High School's Experiential Education Program is an alternative approach to education and includes field trips and outdoor education, which are the basis for lessons in class. The school has an enrollment of around 50 students ranging from freshmen to seniors.
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