E-T Staff Report Come one and come all to the annual Morgan Mill Independent School District Thanksgiving dinner. This year's popular event, that drew close to 700 guests last year, will take place Friday, Nov. 16, at the Morgan Mill School. Festivities take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Guests will enjoy a full traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, dressing, yams, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, bread, and homemade desserts. The staff has ordered six cases of fruit cocktail alone.

All Morgan Mill students take part in some facet of preparation of the meal from decorations to making personal invitations. Students serve food, greet guests, and the faculty helps prepare the food.

The meal began in the mid-90s as a way to showcase what the Morgan Mill School had to offer.

“Everyone will come and say this is a good thing. We feel at Morgan Mill, that the things our students learn are not necessarily measured by standardized testing. It is the sense of community that makes us special,” said Superintendent Dean Edwards. “It has to do with a learning experience, to get involved with their community, get proactive, to be the producers and not the takers.”

When it all began, the Morgan Mill School served the meal in the former lunchroom and hallways, which now houses the kindergarten room. The event's reputation grew and so did the guest numbers. Now, the meal is served in the cafetorium and the lines are long.

Students have an assignment to contact dignitaries including everyone from local public officials up to the President of the United States. This year, the Morgan Mill School will be honored to have military personnel from Ft. Hood to participate.

Edwards said preparations for the annual dinner began in July. Donations from area businesses help serve everyone.

“We served approximately 700 last year and are shooting for 800 this year,” Edwards said.