Published : Wednesday, November 23, 2011 | 9:37 PM
Students in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) celebrate Thanksgiving as a lesson in both American history and civic responsibility. Through student and faculty-led activities, schools throughout the district are teaching the meaning of the holiday, and the responsibilities of being a member of a community.
“I am proud of all of our students and faculty for demonstrating their civic responsibility and sense of community during this holiday,” said Superintendent Jon R. Gundry. “I am glad to see young people learning to work together for those in need; it’s an important value as they prepare to enter our increasingly complex world.”
PUSD schools celebrate Thanksgiving with activities such as the ones listed below:
* McKinley School (K-8) created a program called “Kids Helping Kids.” Led by students, the school holds an annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to provide McKinley families in need with food items for the holiday meal. Each class provides four complete Thanksgiving meals.
* Norma Coombs Alternative School is collecting food items for Thanksgiving baskets.
* Rose City High School students participated in the City of Pasadena’s 9th Annual Gobble Gobble sponsored by the City of Pasadena, Ralph’s, and Food 4 Less.
* Roosevelt Elementary School held a canned food drive in partnership with LEARNS and the PTA. Canned goods were donated to a homeless shelter.
* Students in the Puente college-prep program at John Muir High School are collecting canned and boxed food for the PUSD Families in Transition program, which provides services for homeless students and families.
* Sierra Madre School students and their families are participating in the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Fresh and Easy in Arcadia is partnering with the school by donating all the turkeys for this year’s food drive.
* The culinary class at Blair High School is cooking 100 turkeys for Union Station’s annual Thanksgiving meal. The students began cooking Monday morning at 7 a.m. in order to have the turkeys ready by Wednesday afternoon. Also at Blair, the Interact Club and ROTC have been holding a month-long, school wide canned food drive. The food will be donated to Families in Transition, the district’s program that assists its homeless and traditional families.
* Field Elementary School collects food donations and the PTA donates gift cards to local grocery stores. This year, the school is collecting food items for 15 food baskets that will be given to families in need.