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Port Jefferson Students Continue To Show Thanks

Students of all ages show their Thanksgiving support with different holiday events throughout the district.

Courtesy of The Port Jefferson School District
Courtesy of The Port Jefferson School District
Students from the, Port Jefferson School District, have been working hard to help one another make healthier lifestyle choices. District-wide the students came together to polish their hospitality skills and work as a team to make this year's Thanksgiving one of the best. 

According to the district, the elementary school hosted it's own Thanksgiving feast for family, friends, and staff. Students in Kristen Poulos and Karen Stamatopoulos’s class were offered homemade Thanksgiving-themed entrees, beverages and desserts and were given handmade Thanksgiving cards according to the district.

While the elementary school threw a Thanksgiving feast, the middle school students worked on helping others. 

The middle school Student Council hosted its annual Senior Citizens’ Luncheon for members of the Port Jefferson Senior Center. Guests were served a traditional Thanksgiving meal by student representatives and were treated to musical performances by sixth-grade violinist Elizabeth Chun and the high school chamber orchestra.

Additionally, all those who attended were able to mingle with one another, make a new friend, and play some holiday games. 

The holiday traditions continued all the way up to the high school as students in Dinarae Camarda’s Wellness and Fitness class gathered together for their first annual Healthy Thanksgiving Celebration. The idea behind the event was to give students an alternative to Thanksgiving meals and learn how to make healthy dishes for the holiday. 

Camarda showed the almost 80 participants how food actually affects there bodies and how to make dishes that are gluten-free, organic, vegan and Paleo Diet-friendly.

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