Forty-seven turkeys will soon be roasting in classrooms at Morgan Mill School in preparation for Friday's annual Thanksgiving feast.

Every year, the students and faculty prepare the meal to share with the entire community - and this year they're preparing to serve 800, including soldiers from Fort Hood who will be their special guests.

The students are already buzzing with excitement and getting ready for the big day.

"The little ones are making decorations and special gifts for the soldiers," said Principal Shirley Couch.

Couch said the turkeys will be cooked in roasters in the classrooms and that teachers will prepare the side dishes, which will include sweet potatoes, corn, green beans, cranberries, fruit salad, giblet gravy, rolls, pies and cakes.

Students will de-bone the turkeys and serve the meal.

The free Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the Morgan Mill gymnasium. Takeouts are available, and the school will deliver to shut-ins who place orders by calling 968-4921.