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GCC will host Thanksgiving dinner for students at College Village on Monday

Posted 17 November 2016 at 3:43 pm

Press Release, GCC

BATAVIA – Residents of College Village at Genesee Community College will gather once again for their annual Thanksgiving dinner on Monday.

Beginning at 6 p.m., resident assistants (RA’s) and College Village staff will serve up a traditional Thanksgiving meal for students in the Root, which is the student lounge located in Hemlock Hall, one of the newest buildings at College Village.

The meal is free for all College Village residents, and includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and many other Thanksgiving favorites.

“This will be our 12th year holding this annual feast in honor of Thanksgiving,” Mary-Clare Stokes said, assistant director of Residence Life and Learning at College Village. “It’s a great way for our students and resident assistants to come together in a bonding experience. And, as the semester winds down, it certainly is a ‘de-stressor’ as well.”

Each resident assistant of College Village works throughout the day to prepare the meal, and are being charged with cooking one turkey apiece to share with residents. That usually is approximately 10 turkeys and will feed at least 150 student residents. For some students, this will be their only Thanksgiving celebration, and for some international students, it may be the first time they’ve experienced the holiday or tasted the traditional foods of an American Thanksgiving.

“The tradition is a great experience for everyone,” said Stokes. “Not only is it the first Thanksgiving experience for some of our residents, but it may also be the first experience for some of our resident assistants and staff at cooking a Thanksgiving meal. We look forward to a great turnout and a fun evening!”

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