Members of Key Club and the culinary arts program from the F. Donald Myers Education Center packed 350 food baskets for the needy in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Funded by the Wilton Kiwanis Club, the effort brought together dozens of students from School-to-Work, the Special Education high school and the culinary classes. Myers teacher Chef Maureen Clancy, Career and Technical Education Placement Coordinator Bruce Hoffmann and Kiwanis Club member Joe Lafiura coordinated the charity.
Each basket was stuffed with a turkey, all the side dishes including cranberries, rolls and stuffing.
The Myers Center and the Kiwanis Club have been collaborating on the baskets for about 10 years. The Kiwanis Club purchases the food, and the BOCES students provide the manpower to put it all together. This year, Hannaford also stepped in to help by donating 50 turkeys for the baskets.
Not only do the students have the opportunity to give back to their communities, but they also receive community service credit for their efforts.
The culinary program will team up with the Kiwanis again in December for a breakfast with Santa at the Senior Center in Saratoga and again in April for the Easter holiday.
Pictured from left to right: Spencer Kilburn (South Glens Falls), Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Bruce Hoffman, Ben Patterson (Schuylerville), Culinary Instructor, Chef Maureen Clancy, Eric Waite (Ballston Spa), James Shay (Schuylerville), Kacee Crandall (Schuylerville), Karl Neuffer (Bolton Landing), Harrison Procter (Schuylerville), Justin LaFountain (South Glens Falls), Natara Mount (Saratoga Springs), Thomas Diemer (Saratoga Springs), Cody Pepper (Saratoga Springs), Tylor Balch (Ballston Spa), Kayla Burgess (Mechanicville), and Sherene Fedor (Corinth).