Thanksgiving at Roaring Fork High: Unity in diversity
Roaring Fork High School students don’t all sit down for a meal very often, but when they do, they make it an event.
Normally, students spread out around the building or go off campus for lunch. On Friday, however, they came together with faculty and a few visitors for an annual Thanksgiving potluck.
“It’s a tradition that allows us to reconnect with people we don’t see enough, just like any Thanksgiving meal,” said Principal Drew Adams.
“I think that whenever teachers can spend time with students as just people is a great thing,” social studies teacher Lyn Williams agreed.
The meal included all the standard Thanksgiving fixings, plus some twists, including a bacon-wrapped turkey, vegan pot pie and tamales.
“We are a diverse community, but there’s unity in that diversity,” Vice Principal Kelsie Goodman said. “Everybody brings something that represents them and we all share it.”
“It’s really interesting to see other people’s traditions,” science teacher Rachel Cooper said.
Cooper spearheads food prep and storage, but the students themselves are responsible for the bulk of it. Student Council organizes the event itself.
“This wouldn’t happen if the whole school wasn’t involved,” said Student Council sponsor Katie McCullugh.
Because Student Council spans ages and cultures, it makes for an egalitarian affair.
“It’s a time for all grades to interact with each other,” said senior class president Lorenzo Andrade.
The auditeria isn’t designed to hold the whole student body, so it can be a little snug when everyone’s eating. Luckily, the extended lunch hour also provides some time for fun.
“When the stage opens up it really kicks off and everyone gets to know each other,” senior Taylor Carney explained.
Dozens of students took advantage of the opportunity to dance and sing along with the sound system. Those who didn’t join in seemed to enjoy the spectacle.
“Everyone’s thankful and grateful and in a good mood,” said sophomore Lisa Kelley.
“I don’t know of any other school in the valley that does something like this,” added Head Girl Jasmin Lopez. “I’m really proud to go to school here.”
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