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Thanksgiving Celebration
Posted 11/16/2017 07:42PM

A CDS Tradition

Today was the 10th Annual Upper School Thanksgiving Lunch. In case you are wondering how this CDS tradition started, here is a recounting of this history from Ms. Julie Hall:

A long time ago in the year 2007, CDS Prep (as the original upper school was known) had a student council led by Julie Hall and Jim Morgan. We had a phenomenal group of students in the student council who wanted to host a Thanksgiving lunch for the school. Back then we had about 60 kids from 9-12 grade and this was a reasonable idea. The student council got together at college counselor Jean Keelan's house and cooked the turkeys. Each grade level was responsible for bringing side dishes (9th grade = sweet potatoes, 10th grade = veggies, 11th grade = desserts/bread) and the seniors supplied plates, cutlery and napkins.

The day of the feast the student council powered up every microwave they could get their hands on and used hot plates to keep the food hot. We successfully served every person in the high school and cleaned up very nicely. We continued the tradition two more years and then sadly were afraid it would end since we no longer could serve everyone since we had grown in numbers. However, the PTO and lunch provider carried on the tradition for us.

And that is the story of the first Thanksgiving (at CDS).

We are thankful that this year we were able to invite this year’s 8th grade class to join the upper school this year. This unexpected opportunity was made possible as nearly 75 upper school students missed today’s feast to be in Jacksonville to cheer on the Varsity Volleyball team to our first state championship win! We hope you enjoy this video capturing some moments from this year’s feast.

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