Lanier Charter Career Academy’s culinary arts students recently prepared a Thanksgiving meal for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County using donated items and complete with homemade stuffing.
“This is special. It allows us to learn to help the community and to be a better person,” senior culinary student Drew Studivant said.
The charter school is in its fifth year of operation and may be best known for the student-operated businesses at The Oaks, including the Corner Café and the Reflections Salon and Spa.
“While our students and staff come from all walks of life, the common thread is that we all live within the larger Hall County area,” Principal Cindy Blakley said. “If we learn to consider others’ needs before our own, we become interdependent and strengthen our entire community.”
Culinary instructor Terry Haymond started the partnership three years ago.
“Preparing part of the Thanksgiving meal is not about the food. It’s about the service,” Haymond said. “Students can use this opportunity to develop as community members.”