NOVEMBER 14, 2018 — Today was a special one for students at Skyline Elementary School in Cape Coral.
The cafeteria buzzed with excitement. Students and their families filled the seats for a Thanksgiving lunch, while turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie filled their plates. This was a rare opportunity for them to have lunch together.
Zephany Murphy's son goes to Skyline.
“I think it's an opportunity for parents to spend time with their kids at lunch who might not always get to do that," she said. "I work full time. It’s not always easy for me to get away for lunch but...that's what Thanksgiving is all about: spending time with your family."
The district has been treating all of its students to this lunch for more than 25 years. But when the parents join in on the fun, it's more special for everyone.
“We love inviting our parents. We do parent luncheons throughout the year," said Laura Trombetti, Principal at Skyline Elementary School, "but this one is extra special because it’s got all the fixings of Thanksgiving, and there’s just that feeling in the air of how grateful and how blessed we all are.”
Students like Monica Olivera treasure those little moments. When I asked her what the best part was, she responded, “that my family is going to eat with me.”
It's clear that students, parents, and school workers enjoy this time of year that's made a little more special by spending it together.