Career and Technical Education Center

Schools Give Back to the Community This Thanksgiving

Nov 18, 2015

Frisco ISD students and staff are giving thanks this week in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday and week-long break from school.

Many elementary school students are enjoying traditional Thanksgiving feasts, complete with pilgrim hats, feathered headdresses and a history lesson on the origins of the celebration.

Students and faculty are also looking out into the community and seeing places where they can share the Thanksgiving spirit of sharing with others.

For example, first-year graphic design and illustration students at the Career and Technical Education Center designed Thanksgiving-themed placemats for children that will be delivered to the Samaritan Inn, a non-profit organization that serves homeless families in McKinney.

The placemats are intended to help provide a fun activity during meal preparation and dining time for children who call the center home. Frisco ISD Community Outreach Liaison Audie Adkins provided a huge box of donated crayons that will be distributed along with the placemats.

The Centennial High School Art Honor Society, sponsored by teacher Judy Birkes, often sends special projects to nearby Victoria Gardens, a care center for senior citizens. This year, students provided pumpkin-themed placemats during the month of October and about 200 hand-drawn Thanksgiving cards to share with residents to brighten the November holiday.

Law enforcement classes at the CTE Center held a food drive this month for Frisco Family Services, as have thousands of students from across Frisco ISD whose schools are on a schedule to help provide non-perishable food items and other necessities to families in need served by Frisco Family Services throughout the school year.

LovePacs and Frisco FastPacs, two programs supported by donations from FISD parents, students and staff, are also sending home essential food items and snacks to help needy families get through the Thanksgiving Break.

Most Frisco ISD employees and students will visit loved ones this Thanksgiving, but many will also reach out to help a stranger in need and be thankful they are in a position to help.

Frisco ISD wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. District offices and schools will be closed November 23-27.