Nickerson school hosts families for annual Thanksgiving feast

By Tanya Mitchell | Nov 17, 2012
Photo by: Tanya Mitchell Nickerson School head cook Debbie Mitchell serves up a Thanksgiving dinner for Nickerson kindergarten student Naomi Sprague.

Belfast — For the last 18 years, parents and siblings have joined students, teachers and staff at the Kermit Nickerson School for a community-wide Thanksgiving celebration held this year on Thursday, Nov. 15.

The traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings is the handiwork of the school's head cook, Debbie Mitchell, and her staff, and has become know throughout the school community as "Debbie's famous Thanksgiving dinner."

The work for the meal began Wednesday, Nov. 14, Mitchell said, when she and her helpers in the kitchen, Beverly Kelley, Cathy Moore and Susan Hickey prepared the turkey. The next morning, Mitchell said the crew cooked up the remaining items including mashed potatoes with gravy, squash and green beans.

When speaking to what it's like to prepare a meal for a larger-than-usual lunchroom crowd, Mitchell shrugged and said it wasn't so bad because, "We're just really good."

The Nickerson Parent Teacher Group also helped organize the event, coming in prior to the dinner to help set up tables. PTG members also provided a wide variety of desserts for all of the students and their guests.

Swan Lake Grocery was another big supporter of the event, said PTG co-president Fred Black, as the local store donated the goods used to make the meal.

In addition to parents and siblings, the school also welcomed members of the Regional School Unit 20 Central Office staff, including Superintendent Brian Carpenter, Assistant Superintendent John McDonald, Business Manager Brian MacFarland and Administrative Assistant Rhoda Sutfin.

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