Gurrie celebrates 15th annual feast
The annual Gurrie Middle School feast.
Updated: December 7, 2012 4:05PM
LA GRANGE — Gurrie Middle School hosted its 15th annual feast Nov. 20, coming together as a school, district, and community to celebrate Thanksgiving.
The feast at Gurrie is a tradition that began in 1998, where the entire Gurrie family sits down together to enjoy a meal and be thankful for each other and the community. The Gurrie family includes students, parents, teachers and staff, in addition to community members such as local first responders, veterans, retired and current school leaders, and staff from Lyons Township High School.
Each advisory creates their own menu and all the food is cooked and prepared by students and their families. All staff members have a specific task for which they are responsible, to help make the Feast a success. Tables line the hallways, creating an unbelievably long family dinner table, which accommodated more than 350 guests.
As an addition to the feast, the eighth-grade students hold a food drive. Flyers announcing the food drive are hand delivered a week prior to the feast. On the morning of the feast, the eighth-grade students collected the donations from the community, which were delivered to the St. Francis Food Pantry. This activity began in 2007, and since then, the Gurrie eighth-graders have collected and donated several tons of food.