In addition to celebrating the holiday and building community, attendees received updates from teachers and filled their plates with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and other traditional Thanksgiving fixings. The feast was topped off with pie made by students in the organization’s innovative vocational Work to Learn program.
“Through events like this, the kids see how much we care about them and it also provides an opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving they may not have outside of here,” said Samantha Popel a middle school teacher.
Looking beyond high school, the organization prepares Connecticut’s most vulnerable youth for a successful transition into adulthood. Their Work To Learn program provides on-the-job training, vocational placements are offered both on and off-campus, and a new Life Skills & Vocational Training Center is underway, which will offer introductory vocational classes in the areas of culinary management, automotive repair, computer programming, and manufacturing.
“We are thankful for our students and committed to their success,” said Kim Shaunesey, Ph.D., President of Boys & Girls Village. “Today’s event supports the children and families we serve, and we look forward to continuing to expand to meet their changing needs.”
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