Temple Elementary School offers baked goods for seniors

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/18/2021 1:19:13 PM

In lieu of Temple Elementary School’s traditional Thanksgiving feast, residents in town who are 65 and older can sign up to receive baked goods.

“It is our hope that we can bring some Thanksgiving spirit back to our little town since our normal feast tradition is on hold,” wrote Liz Swan, a member of the Parent Teacher Team, in a post announcing the switch. 

“We were trying to figure out ways that we could bring a little holiday and festive joy back into our town,” Swan said of the decision, as the feast has been canceled due to the pandemic for the last two years. She credited fellow PTT members Kristen Reida and Colleen Bouchard for the baking idea and shouldering the work. 

The feast traditionally involves senior citizens coming to the school for lunch that parents help prepare, while students take coats and serve as escorts.  As that’s not possible this year, the hope is to involve the students in a different way while still providing for senior members of the community by baking sweet bread.

Temple Elementary students will bake the bread Monday, during the school day, according to Swan. Any overflow bread will be baked by volunteers and parents, should it be necessary due to many signups.

“For such a small school, we have a pretty good group of parents who are pretty involved and want to find nice ways to give back to the community,” Swan said. “Small towns are so wonderful in that we’re all so close.”

Those interested are asked to fill out an online form with information including dietary restrictions and delivery instructions. The form can be found on Swan’s Facebook page, in the Temple town discussion group. 


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