Students at a local school prepared ready-made meals for residents housed at the Levittown Memorial Education Center.
Story and photos by Elizabeth Sobel.
The culinary students at Levittown’s
Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center tightened their aprons and donned
their chef’s caps in order to prepare hot, freshly-cooked meals for the
residents of the American Red Cross Center.
130 Nassau County residents were given shelter in the Levittown Memorial
, which houses the career and technical program, in the wake of
the course of the day on Friday, Nov. 9, the student-chefs prepared 380 rolls,
20 pounds of dough for cookies and pies, 60 pounds of chicken, 40 pounds of
mixed vegetables and 36 pounds of rice, which were added to offerings of pot
roast, salad and baked ziti. The students are planning to continue extending
this offering while the residents are still living in the shelter.
instructor Lillian Creedon explained that this activity was an exercise in
community service, a keystone principle in the district’s character education
teach students the importance of community service, and this activity allowed
the students to make a difference firsthand in the shelter residents’ lives. We
don’t know minute to minute when we may find ourselves in the same situation.”
they had finished cooking, the students warmed the meals to be taken down the
hall by American Red Cross personnel. Shelter manager Tom Mahaffie, a Red Cross
worker from Indiana, said he was impressed with the district’s hospitality.
“Eating ready-made meals after a while
is tough,” Mr. Mahaffie remarked. “I don’t believe we have had such an
outpouring of help from a community before. The meals have been both delicious
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