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Letter: A fantastic feast

On Wednesday, the Aspen School District Food Service Department held its annual Thanksgiving lunch. This year, the lunch really became a true school community event involving students, parents, staff and community professionals to make it the most successful event ever!

The elementary school turkey was deliciously smoked and sponsored by chef Jamie Theriot of Smoke Modern Barbeque restaurants. The Aspen Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, led by the amazing Alyssa Genshaft, provided all the wonderful, helpful and fun volunteer team to serve the hungry students, parents and family members.

The middle school turkey was sponsored and roasted to perfection by chef Barry Dobesh of Samantha and Craig Cordts-Pearce's CP Restaurants. The Aspen Middle School student body volunteered to serve their fellow students the tasty lunch, which made the experience a true middle school community feast!

The high school Thanksgiving lunch was professionally served by our award-winning ProStart culinary team, led by Morgan Henschke. Big thanks to all the volunteers who contributed their time and service to make this event the most successful year ever; the Maroon Creek Club for the famous stuffing and equipment to help support feeding the large attendance; and school staff, teachers, administrators and our school community of parents and students who support the Aspen School District food-service program. It takes many behind-the-scenes staff members to make such an event happen within our schools, and I graciously thank you all for your support. And a huge shout-out to the food-service staff — Noelle Zablosky, Brittany Hoefert, Isha Desbin, Elizabeth Ford, Marisol Jurado, Enrique Ramirez, Cindy Nigro, Layla Philin and support staff — who, on top of our daily workloads, hustled and prepared for the event days out with enthusiasm, excitement and a smile. Our community is truly gifted with these amazing people who care so much about our children and their health.

We are so fortunate to have a great lunch program in place here at the Aspen School District. All meals are made from scratch with local and organic products to the greatest extent possible. Students are learning about nutrition, where their food comes from, how to eat for a healthy life and that healthy food tastes great!

This Thanksgiving — and every day — we have a lot to be thankful for!

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Tenille L. Folk

Food service director, Aspen School District