ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The line stretched almost to the door Tuesday at Escuela del Sol Montessori as teachers, families and neighbors gathered to celebrate the school’s 15th annual Thanks for Giving luncheon, a tradition that draws hundreds to the small school in Downtown Albuquerque.
Parents loaded up children’s plates with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls and pumpkin pie – food prepared by the school community, including middle school students in a culinary arts class. A parent spent hours smoking 16 turkeys to cover about 550 meals.
“We all come together,” said Friedje vanGils, head of the school. “This is a chance to thank everybody.”
The celebration now spans generations.