Del Valle High School Not Giving Up on Thanksgiving
November 30, 2018 – Livermore, CA - While most of the country has already taken down Thanksgiving decorations to make way for winter holiday decorations, the students, staff, and community of Del Valle Continuation High School extended the fall holiday nearly into December to enjoy their 14th Annual Turkey Feast. Provided by Del Valle’s Culinary Arts Academy students, this year’s festivities had to be delayed due to the poor air quality throughout Livermore. But nothing could keep down the school’s spirit of gratitude and giving a week later, with students cheerfully serving turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish, macaroni and cheese, salad, rolls, and warm apple crisp.
Del Valley’s Turkey Feast originally began as a way for the staff to celebrate Thanksgiving together as a school community, and to provide a full-fledged feast to their students. Since then, the event has evolved into a largely student-led occasion, with the school’s Culinary Arts Academy – through the leadership and coordination of Culinary Arts instructor Dianne Russell – preparing and serving the delectable dishes. “The event is a nice, Del Valle community effort,” said Del Valle Principal Darrel Avilla. “Students prepare the entire feast. It’s a true opportunity for them that we all enjoy.”
Every year, the event is eagerly anticipated by the entire Del Valle community, including Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) staff, who enjoy the outstanding food and professional service of the students. This year especially, the LVJUSD community was extra thankful for Del Valle holding the Turkey Feast later than usual; the Thanksgiving holiday would never feel complete without it.