West Middle Students and Faculty WERE IN HIGH SPIRITS TODAY AS THEY CAME TOGETHER FOR AN EARLY THANKSGIVING FEAST.

ASIDE FROM FOOD, THE STUDENTS' TABLES WERE FILLED WITH WRITING EXERCISES THEY HAD FINISHED IN HONOR OF THE TRADITIONAL TURKEY PARDON BY THE PRESIDENT.

"WE ALL MIXED EACH OTHERS UP SO WE COULD SEE WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE WROTE, THAT WAS PRETTY COOL WE GOT TO SEE WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE THOUGHT ABOUT IT," said Ty Miller, 6th grader at West Middle School.

Senator Fred AKSHAR and County Executive Jason Garnar WERE INVITED TO DISH OUT SOME OF THE PLATES TO THE NEARLY 140 KIDS IN ATTENDANCE AND BE A PART OF THE GREAT COMMUNITY WEST MIDDLE HAS CREATED FOR THEM.

ONE TEACHER SAYS THIS FEAST IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE KIDS WITH A TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING MEAL AND A SENSE OF FAMILY THAT THEY MIGHT NOT ALWAYS GET AT HOME.

"THERE ARE A LOT OF STUDENTS THAT MIGHT NOT GET A TURKEY, A tHANKSGIVING, STUFFING, POTATOES, AND PIE. WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS AND THEY LOOK FORWARD TO THIS," Jeanie Laubert, 6th grade math teacher.

the students and teachers alike, had a great time and were able to celebrate the close-knit community they have in the binghamton city school district.