7th-graders get A+ Thanksgiving meal
By Marilyn Forbes
Published: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, 12:41 a.m.
A small group of Mt. Pleasant students enjoyed an unexpected turkey dinner with all the trimmings — and they earned every delicious mouthful.
Longtime teacher Michelle Yackovich discovered a few weeks into the 2012-13 academic year that an amazing feat was taking place in her eighth-period “Practical Health” class — all of the seventh-graders have been extremely conscientious.
“They had 100 percent homework completion, great attendance and good grades,” Yackovich said. “I noticed it after the first three weeks, and it just kept going. I've never had this happen in the 14 years that I taught.”
Yackovich brought the students' achievement to the attention of Principal Ken Williams, who wanted to reward the 25 students for all of their hard work.
“I taught for 21 years, and this is unheard of,” Williams said. “I just think it's awesome.”
Williams then planned a special lunch for the students and roped off a section of the school cafeteria.
The honored students were given tickets in the morning to present to Williams when they entered the cafeteria for their lunches.
“They had absolutely no idea that we were going to do this,” Williams said. “This was all a surprise.”
A roasted turkey was brought into the area and carved for the students, who all sat at specially decorated tables with little homemade menus and decorations.
“We didn't have any idea that they were doing this,” student Madeleine Lorince, 12, said. “This is just exciting.”
The other students who have the same lunch period sat and watched as the honored 25 were treated to their special lunch.
“I think this is so cool the way they blocked us off like this,” Lorince said.
Williams made an announcement toward the end of the lunch period to let the other students know why the group received the special meal.
“I'm hoping that this group serves as an inspiration to everyone,” Williams said. “You always see achievements and awards given for sports and extracurricular activities, so we thought it would be great to honor them for their academic achievements.”
Now in their 15th week, the 25 students have not missed turning in a homework assignment.
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.
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