College with a Heart – Thanksgiving Comes Early

Faculty, staff and students will serve an early Thanksgiving lunch to the residents of Evangeline Booth Garden Apartments, 2921 NE 14th St., Wednesday, Nov. 22, at noon.

This is the 15th year the college has prepared and shared a traditional meal of turkey and all the trimmings with the residents of the senior citizen subsidized complex run by the Salvation Army. Students will decorate and set tables.

In 2002, students in the college’s culinary arts program began preparing and serving the meal as a service project. The CF chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges has carried on the tradition. AFC pays for the meal that is cooked by the college’s Rosemary and Thyme Catering.

“This is time honored tradition is a simple gesture that we can make to our community to show that AFC is not only engaged in the well-being of our faculty and staff on our campus, but our local community as a whole,” said Andy Variell, AFC CF Chapter president. “This Thanksgiving luncheon is just one of our many events we try to do over the course of the year.”

Over the years, CF students have embraced Evangeline Booth as a site for service-learning activities. Practical Nursing students have conducted health screenings; art students have produced a mural for the community room; and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society helps with maintenance and other tasks on United Way Day of Caring.