A crowd of parents, siblings and grandparents gathered in the entry of the Kermit Nickerson School in Swanville just before lunchtime Thursday, Nov. 18, as they have for at least 30 years.

The visitors, who were all relatives of students at the K-5 school, were carrying on the tradition of joining the students for a turkey dinner with all the fixings.

As the children and their families dined in the elaborately decorated cafeteria, which featured place mats and centerpieces that were made by all of the students, Principal Abigail Frost thanked the crowd for attending. Kindergarten teacher Shelley Vaughan, who has been a teacher at the school since 1982, confirmed that the school had been putting on the annual dinner since well before she joined the staff.

“It’s wonderful to have this tradition,” said Frost.

In addition to the turkey dinner, members of the Parent Teacher Group served up various desserts for all to enjoy.

The students and their families were also treated to a short musical performance by the first-grade class. Those in attendance also learned that the recent Register Tapes for Education drive at Swan Lake Grocery, which was conducted during the month of October, resulted in a $1,050 donation to the school by storeowner Rob Newcomb.

Frost also thanked outgoing Parent Teacher Group President Deborah Newcomb for her service to the school, and welcomed incoming co-presidents Fred Black and Tabitha Sprague.