Feature Story                                                                                        Monday, December 17, 2012


Festive Food

Bernard Elementary School annual holiday lunch unites the community

Staff/Voice photos


Bernard Elementary students wait for a holiday lunch served by staff and volunteers last Wednesday. Below, SD #33 Supt. Evelyn Novak and grade 3 student Nelson Adolph.


hat has 600 legs, 300 mouths and eats 300 pounds of turkey in one sitting? No, it's not a hungrysaurus, it's the annual Bernard Elementary School holiday lunch.


Last Wednesday, staff and students had a chance to show off their school to the community and also to Evelyn Novak, School District #33 superintendent, who was at the school for lunch with the kids.


Novak told The Voice she was really glad to be there and appreciated the invitation.


“It’s just a wonderful opportunity to be with the students here and staff,” she said.


Novak said the lunch was a great way for the kids to learn about and experience the spirit of the holiday season.


“I think this is a great way to spread the message of giving and celebration during this time of year,” she said.


“These students, eating a warm turkey lunch, provided by so many volunteers in the community, this is just a real heartwarming place to be. We know how important it is to get a good hot lunch and nutritious food like this, so I know they're going to have a great afternoon,” added Novak.


When asked how she liked working in the Chilliwack school district, Novak was blithe.


“Our school district is fabulous because of the people in it, the staff, the community, are doing such great things in our School District that I feel quite fortunate to be here to be able to support what's happening in our schools.”


One of the volunteers dishing it up on the food line was Martha Weins, longtime school board trustee and familiar face at many SD #33 school events.


A visit from Santa caused quite a stir as students swarmed and hugged the portly man in red.


 Principal Janine McCurdy, said the food was bought with donations through fundraising.


“We usually start in the beginning of November and send out letters. Everybody is very generous.”


The money they raised was enough to buy 285 lbs. of turkey, 100 lbs. of potatoes, and 50 lbs. of corn, 30 dozen buns, and 300 juice boxes. This year, the grade 6 students were on KP Duty and peeled the potatoes.


The food was then taken to Laurie’s Catering in Harrison, who cooks it and brings it back ready to serve.


“I think this is one of the most special things that we do all year for our kids,” said McCurdy. “It's special to them and it's nice to see everybody as a community having a meal. Our kids really love and appreciate it and because our community is so supportive, we're able to it every year.”


Ken's Tire, Safeway, Walmart and Superstore are supporters of the annual holiday lunch.


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