Batavia, NY- For the dozens of international students who call College Village home, 2013 will mark their very first Thanksgiving dinner, and one with a very large extended family! Beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, the resident assistants (RA) and College Village staff at Genesee Community College will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for students in the residence community’s Village Hall. The meal is free to residents and will include traditional holiday fare: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
The annual meal, though, is a first on many fronts. For the RA’s, it may be the first time they’ve cooked a turkey, and taken part in the large-scale planning and all-day preparation that usually goes into such a feast. And for many of the 200 or so students who attend the annual dinner, including international students, it will be their first and only Thanksgiving celebration.
“Once again we are getting ready for our annual Thanksgiving feast!” said Ellen Brokaw, assistant director of Residence Life at College Village. “College Village staff, resident assistants and several hundred students will be feasting together like one, very big family.”
This is the ninth year College Village has welcomed students to the Thanksgiving table and offered a glimpse of American food traditions to its thriving international student population. “The RAs and College Village staff work hard assembling this event and when we see how much the students appreciate the effort, and how much they enjoy the whole experience, it makes it very rewarding for all of us,” said Brokaw.
For further information, please contact Donna Rae Sutherland, GCC’s associate director of Marketing Communications at 585-343-0055 ext. 6616 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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