Friday, November 18, 2016

Marshall High School Students Prepare Delicious Turkey Dinner

Marshall High School's 1985 Vocational Adjustment Class prepared a full-course Thanksgiving meal as an assignment from instructors James Townsend and Sue Clark. This article appeared in the Nov. 27, 1985 edition of the Marshall News Messenger.

By Cindy Edwards
Lifestyle Editor

The Vocational Adjustment Class at Marshall High School recently prepared a full-course spread for Thanksgiving.

The class, which contains a course on life skills, teaches students how to cook, set tables and clean up afterwards.

Instructors James Townsend and Sue Clark said the meal was one of several the class will be preparing this year.

The students made their grocery list and went shopping for food. They prepared the food for cooking and followed through with the finished product -- Thanksgiving lunch.

Townsend said the class "is a favorite" of the juniors. "They cook at least once a week," he said. Since this is the first year for the class, the recent Thanksgiving feast was a first. However, Townsend said he hopes to make it an annual event.

The menu included traditional turkey and dressing, corn, beans, gravy, yams, and rolls. Homemade pumpkin pies were the dessert.

The students have also learned to can pears, as well as prepare other canned goods.

"I see a great deal of improvement," Townsend said. "We've studied about setting tables and now they're actually getting to do it."

Townsend said behavior of the students has been "vastly improved" since the inception of the life skills class.