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Parents join kids for a district-wide fête

By Carolina Astrain
Nov. 18, 2012 at 5:18 a.m.

Ernesto Arredondo eats his meal during the F.W. Gross Elementary Thanksgiving Feast Wednesday in Victoria.

BY THE NUMBERS

Thanksgiving trimmings and ingredients served at the VISD campuses during the two-day, district-wide feast.

3,400 lbs. - Turkey roast1,230 lbs. - Cranberry sauce3,300 lbs. - Sweet potatoes2,400 lbs. - Green beans1,500 lbs. - Boneless ham2,610 lbs. - Apple slices3,281 lbs. - Dressing15,000 - Servings totalSOURCE: VISD

Slices of ham shimmered in honey glaze, as parents joined their children for Thanksgiving brunch.

Elementary schools invited parents and guardians to feast with their little ones on Wednesday morning.

Plates were $3.50 for visiting adults - money that goes directly back into the Victoria school district's food services budget.

At F.W. Gross Elementary School, administrators and staff were prepared to welcome at least 300 visiting guests.

Indians, pilgrims and finger-painted turkeys were scattered across the room-length tables.

Principal Mary Noble said she was grateful for the extra help sent to her school by food services director Dana Bigham.

"I just love seeing the kids with their families," Noble said.

Wearing a black shirt and New Balance tennis shoes, parent Michael Zapata was first in line.

"It's always been very important for us to be here for them," Zapata said. "That's what being a parent is all about."

Tables down from the Zapatas, Paige Bryan, 4, was surrounded by three generations of women in her family.

The pre-kindergarten student ate a turkey-shaped sandwich from home, as her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother gobbled down stuffing and sipped their tea.

"Turkey is my favorite," Paige said.

Inside the school's gymnasium, students beamed with pride over their seasonal guests at their district-wide fête.

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