Regional Alternative School Continues Thanksgiving Yearly Tradition

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R-A-S student enjoying a thanksgiving celebrationStudents and staff from the TST BOCES Regional Alternative School (RAS) gathered together Tuesday, November 21, for a community Thanksgiving celebration.

The Thanksgiving celebration has been a tradition every year since RAS was known as the “TST Community School” and was located in downtown Ithaca instead of on campus on Warren Road. It helps those present feel a sense of community and encourages all to remember what they have to be grateful for.

RAS advisories, called “Home Bases,” divided up the responsibilities of cooking the food, setting and decorating the tables and cleaning up. Students and staff shared the work and all contributed to the festivities.

“This event continues to strengthen our community and students’ sense of belonging,” said RAS teacher Doug Keating. “We hope to maintain the tradition for many years to come.”

The celebration took place in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program’s Culinary Arts classroom, and much of the cooking was done in the kitchen thanks to the generosity of CTE and Culinary Arts instructor Vicki Fitzgerald.