Some Thanksgiving traditions are, well, traditional—a hike before the feast, green-bean casserole, post-dinner turkey sandwiches in front of the game.
And then there’s Terri Baller’s tradition since 2010: orchestrating a meal for 100 with family and her students at Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center.
“I can’t imagine Thanksgiving without Opportunity House,” says Baller, who advises the students in the National Technical Honor Society.
Baller also involves her students—this year, six will accompany her, and many others will work behind the scenes.
Students in the Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs prepare the meal. “Those students are members of Family Career & Community Leaders of America, and some are also NTHS members,” Baller says. “They prepare the food, rolls and desserts in their lab area as a community service project.”
The Technical Honor Society students fund-raise to purchase the 10-12 turkeys served, and Clover Farms donates the drinks.