ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Schools are closed for the holiday, but one north county school kept its doors open so volunteers could serve up lots of Thanksgiving meals.
From turkey and gravy to all the fixings, families who live in the Riverview Gardens School District also got a big serving of holiday love. For the second year in a row, Koch Elementary in St. Louis County opened its doors to make sure no one was forgotten this Thanksgiving.
"Just to see everyone coming in and seeing all those who came in to serve are not all school or even district members, they from all over the place," said Sharice Adkins, Koch Elementary School.
With the help of area churches and other community partners, the school was again able to host the holiday dinner and served nearly 100 people, more than last year. None of the volunteers had any hesitation about giving up part of their day off to serve others.
"You know, we can all sit at home and have our own family gatherings, but when we step out and
spend a little time helping somebody else, it's a good feeling and that's what Thanksgiving should be about," said Riverview Gardens CFO Anna Munson.
Koch Elementary’s motto is “Where the race for excellence never ends.” School officials believe that includes being a good example and leader in the community, even reaching out to those who don't have families at the school.
“We don't want to be ‘school's closed, you're not welcome to come here,’ we really want to open it and invite people in and just share some holiday love," said Adkins.