Heritage Landing Hosts Third Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted on 12/08/2017
Heritage Landing Hosts Third Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

The holidays are a time to gather together and reflect on the blessings we have been given. With the constant bustle of daily life, it becomes difficult to stop and simply spend time with those around us.

For three years now, the families at Heritage Landing have been intentionally setting time aside during the busy holiday season to come together as a community and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. The event is more than a just meal though. It is about building a sense of community among the students, their families, and the Heritage staff.

“I always appreciate seeing the entire Heritage community gather and reflect on all that we have to be thankful for,” said Dr. Haan, principal at Heritage Landing.

It truly takes a village to put on the dinner each year. The families and staff at Heritage donate all of the food that is served, staff members prepare all of the food, and the students take part in creating decorations for the tables. Everyone does their small part to make the evening as a whole a wonderful experience for all.

“It is an opportunity for our students to decorate, families to donate, staff to prepare, and for all of us to enjoy,” said Dr. Haan.

This year many of Heritage’s students devoted a great deal of time to glazing plates, bowls, and serving platters that were used for the meal. In addition to the dinnerware, the middle school art class painted leaves, made turkey handprints, and assembled pumpkins.

Jennifer Barry, a paraprofessional at Heritage Landing, took the lead with the middle school art class.

“It was great to see the students be so enthusiastic about helping,” said Barry. “They came up with all the ideas for decorations, created them, and helped set up for dinner also. They really enjoyed seeing everything come together and were so proud of their hard work.”

The evening was a huge success. The parents enjoyed seeing the beautiful and unique artwork their students created, and the students appreciated seeing all of their efforts come together. Everyone was able to celebrate Thanksgiving and enjoy fellowship as a Heritage Landing community. All left with full stomachs and even fuller hearts.


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