Thousands Eat Free Meals at ‘Bay High School Family of Schools Community Thanksgiving Dinner’


On Tuesday, thousands were fed Thanksgiving meals for free in Panama City.

Bay High School culinary students teamed up with Jinks Middle School to present the Bay High School Family of Schools Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

It was a massive team effort between the two schools which have been sharing campuses since the hurricane. This meal was largely organized by Bay High School’s culinary arts teacher, Greg Bailie. All the culinary students cooked up Thanksgiving food, thanks to community donations. Students and families of Cherry Street and Oakland Terrace Elementary Schools, Jinks Middle School, and Bay High School were welcomed to eat free.

Gulf Coast Advocacy Center provided a workshop for parents on signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress as well as ways to support children following a natural disaster. Also Bay High art teachers provided art therapy sessions for children.

“It feels really good to know I can help make a difference in someone’s lives and help somebody have a Thanksgiving when they possibly live in tents and they don’t have a house or their house is messed up and it’s just nice to know I can help somebody and make a difference,” said 11th grade culinary student Kaylee Decker.

This event also caught the eye of Good Morning America who has followed their preparations the past week and will feature the event Wednesday morning.

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