By KASEY SCIALABBA
The Mesquite Christian Academy celebrated Thanksgiving with a potluck lunch on Friday, November 19. About 50 people attended the event, including Academy students, teachers, staff, volunteers, families, friends and even a Yorkie.
The participants savored the feeling of unity during the lunch. â€œI really enjoyed the quality time with my friends and family,â€ said Rachel Bird, a student at Mesquite Christian Academy. â€œAnd the food was delicious.â€
The event started with a social gathering in the main hall. Mesquite Christian Academy principal and teacher Ron Bird officially opened the gathering with thoughtful prayer. Then the people formed a line to receive the food.
The meal included turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and a pot of green beans. Desserts included pistachio fluff, pumpkin and chocolate chip cookies, and a variety of pies and cakes.
â€œMy favorite was the pumpkin pie,â€ said physical education teacher Ben Keller.
â€œOther than the mashed potatoes, I would say the business was the best part,â€ said student Alyssa Bird.
The guests had the choice of sitting in three different places: the meeting room, the dining room or the main room. The tables were decorated with pumpkin tablecloths while the napkins were neatly folded into fancy utensil racks.
The building was filled with laughter and chatter as people seemed to enjoy each other’s company.
â€œMy favorite part of this event was being able to watch everyone conversing with each other,â€ said manager Ron Bird. “It was a very beautiful fraternity.”
While the children enjoyed dessert, parents spent quality time getting to know other members of the school community. After the meal, families headed outside to the playground to play games including 4 squares, soccer, and other lively activities.
â€œEverything went very well,â€ said Ray Floerke, maintenance worker at Mesquite Christian Academy. â€œIt was awesome. There was a great turnout and the food was amazing.
The meal was provided thanks to the generosity of community members. The main course of turkey and mashed potatoes was provided by Steve and Connie McDowell, close friends of Mesquite Christian Academy and members of the River Valley Bible Church.