Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Not Interested in Free Food


It was Turkey Day. It's an old tradition at the continuation high school, going back to practically when the school started (so, that makes it from the '60s). The Thursday before Thanksgiving the students are served a turkey dinner lunch brunch.

This year I covered the orientation class. The orientation class is the first class students new to the school take. (Every student is a transfer from another school. They get sent there because they don't have enough credits.) And this class started two days prior. So, they were brand new to the school.

They were a bit unclear as to the whole concept. Which was fine as I wasn't.

One of the students' names was called. And she didn't want to go.

I explained what it was. That it was food. And the food was pretty good. That the people were friendly. But nope, she wasn't going to go.

Well, I wasn't going to force her.

Each time a new group was announced, the students got a bit anxious. And unlike in other classes, these kiddos were doing their work (well, sort of) rather than not doing anything (which is what students who have been through Turkey Day before would have been doing). So, not a terrible day.

My time with them ended, and they moved on to their other class. I was free then, so I got a chance to have a meal. And then the majority of those students were called.

I guess they just needed to go with their classmates. Safety in numbers and all that.

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  1. Well I wouldn't want to eat a turkey dinner by myself either! That's not very festive.

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    1. They weren't going by themselves. They were called out of class by themselves, but they were going over in groups of like 30. And they all came from the same feeder schools, so it was likely that they know a few of the students from before. (Which I tried to explain, but it didn't go over well.)

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  2. I would be nervous going on my own too especially if I was new I think. Totally a safety in numbers thing :D

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  3. Even grown-ups do not like dining alone. This is not just a high school thing but a human thing

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  4. I think its neat that the school offers this; my mom told me to never turn down a free meal, though it is hard sometimes to eat alone. Happy Thanksgiving and would love to know the rest of the story about why cops were called a few Thanksgivings ago (saw your comment on Danielle's blog :)

    betty

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    1. They weren't eating alone. That's the thing.

      The 911 story is kinda funny, but I don't know if I'll ever share it on the blog.

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  5. Yeah, it would kind of stink to be sitting there by yourself. I hope they all had a good time.

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  6. I understand the wariness. I probably would have also taken a pass on Turkey Day, if I were new and didn't really know if anyone else I knew would be there.

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  7. It's pretty nerve-racking starting a new school, so yeah, I can see why they would prefer to go in groups.

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  8. And Happy Thanksgiving! I think it's today? I'm not 100% sure from this side of the pond yet...

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