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FOCUS Thanksgiving celebration

On Monday, November 25, 2013, students in the Guilderland High School FOCUS program spent time helping others, giving thanks and building community both on and off school grounds. About one dozen of the program's 71 participants from grades 10, 11, and 12 spent the morning at the Guilderland Center Fire House making a homemade feast of pasta, meatballs, sauce and dessert while their counterparts volunteered their time and talents at the Schenectady City Mission and within the halls of GHS. The volunteers then returned to the Fire House for lunch, alongside their teachers, members of the Board of Education, and district leaders. In addition to sharing a meal together, the students and staff also shared what they are most thankful for this Thanksgiving. This annual tradition celebrates not only the students in the FOCUS program, but also helps build community and contributes to a more positive school climate. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's event!

  • Students in the FOCUS program volunteering at the Schenectady City Mission
  • Female student carrying a box volunteering at the Schenectady City Mission
  • Student and staff volunteering at the Schenectady City Mission
  • Group of girls in the FOCUS program volunteering at the Schenectady City Mission
  • Volunteering at the Schenectady City Mission
  • Students raking the grass at the Schenectady City Mission
  • Students cleaning up at the Schenectady City Mission
  • Clean up at the Schenectady City Mission
  • Volunteering at the Schenectady City Mission
  • Student washing the windows at the Schenectady City Mission
  • Students at the Schenectady City Mission
  • Female student volunteering at GHS
  • Students hanging painting at GHS
  • Students set-up for FOCUS Thanksgiving celebrationStudents set-up for FOCUS Thanksgiving celebration
  • Students set-up chairs for Thanksgiving celebrationStudents preparing the FOCUS Thanksgiving celebration mealStudents preparing the FOCUS Thanksgiving celebration mealStudents preparing the FOCUS Thanksgiving celebration meal
  • Students preparing the FOCUS Thanksgiving celebration meal
  • Students cooking Thanksgiving celebration meal
  • Students preparing the Thanksgiving celebration meal
  • Female Students preparing meatballs for the FOCUS Thanksgiving celebration meal
  • Preparing meatballs for the FOCUS Thanksgiving celebration meal
  • Students preparing desserts for the FOCUS Thanksgiving celebration mealStudents making decorations for FOCUS Thanksgiving celebration
  • Celebration desserts
  • Students and guests were asked to write down what they were most thankful for this Thanksgiving season
  • Students notes for this Thanksgiving season
  • Male students writes down what they were most thankful for this Thanksgiving season
  • Students write down what they were most thankful for this Thanksgiving season
  • Students and guests write down what they were most thankful for this Thanksgiving season
  • Parents write down what they were most thankful for this Thanksgiving season
  • Focus Turkey 2013
  • Female Student enjoying the celebration
  • Male Students enjoying the celebration
  • Students relaxing at the celebration
  • Female students at the celebration
  • Male and female Students enjoying the celebration
  • Students made more than 24 pounds of pasta and 200 meatballs for the celebration
  • Students putting out food for the celebration
  • The Thanksgiving celebration feast
  • Guests enjoying the celebration
  • Guests listening to presentation at celebration
  • District leaders and members of the Board of Education enjoying the celebration
  • Guests enjoying the celebration
  • Guests lining up for food at the celebration
  • Faculty and staff enjoying the celebration
  • Posing for photos at the celebration
  • Students enjoying the celebration
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