Thankful Thanksgiving for 100


This Thanksgiving is different. I was blessed to plan a meal for 100 and oversee 45 of my high school foods students carrying out this endeavor. Today we did it. Over 105 plus some extras. It included faculty administrators, counselors, parents and guardians, maintenance staff and identified needy students. We had thirty of these trays packaged by my foods students for our needy students at our high school.

IMG_2600We call our program Cougar PAWS and it truly consisted of our students in action for this grand feast.


Imagine a needy student/family receiving a hearty meal like this one including pies/cakes for dessert.

I just wish the students could have heard all the reactions from the maintenance staff and needy students when they received their meals. Some reactions included:

Thank you, thank you, thank you. My wife doesn’t cook turkey. This is our only turkey.

Does this cost anything? How much does it cost?

Really? I can take leftovers home?

Thank you, Mrs. Brown, thank you, thank you.


I watched some students peel back the cover before they left the classroom. I had a maintenance worker give me a hug and one pat me on the back. Another told me I would be blessed.

Of course, I’m already blessed to give to those in need. My prayer is for my students to be impacted by this event and continue on giving. What a gift on Thanksgiving to cook for 100.

God has blessed me with the gift of serving others and supportive faculty, parents and community to carry out this project.

After all the hard work of reheating, cleaning, sharing, dividing, cutting, pouring, serving, standing, washing, wiping, packaging and wishing Happy Thanksgiving it was all worth it. One simple smile or one simple thank you would suffice. However, countless thank you’s, hugs, a pat on the back and smiles galore filled my cup to the brim.

One little note left on my desk melted my heart…



Simple gifts…


My cup overflows with thankfulness.

My blessed Thanksgiving. God bless your Thanksgiving.


Read more at CougarKitchen for our details about our meal for 100

2 thoughts on “Thankful Thanksgiving for 100

  1. B. Winblad

    I have followed you on your journey to serve others for a long time, your kids were much smaller and you were still at home rocking being a Mom. Now, I get to enjoy the fun posts you share with us about all the ways you are enriching other kids lives as their teacher and mentor. You have such a kind soul and are so very thoughtful to think of sharing, giving, and working so hard to better those students around you. You are an inspiration as a teacher!

    1. admin

      Hello, how kind of you to follow my journey for so long. You are right to say it started with a baby on my hip and now I have two teenagers and two elementary school kiddos and I am back in the high school classroom teaching foods students. Wow, what a blessed life I have! Thank you for sharing and keeping me inspired to do what I do every day. Believe me when I say it’s all God, and none of me who is capable to do all that I do. May your Thanksgiving be blessed also.


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