Camelot Education Schools Boost Annual Efforts to Help Families in Need During Thanksgiving Holiday

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Academy of Escambia County staff put together a Thanksgiving feast for students.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began taking its toll on communities across the nation, people need food relief than ever before. Teachers and staff members at several Camelot schools across the country, along with their students and families have been joining hands and pitching in to help each other and to help those in need in their communities.

Zach Stosius, head coach of Palmyra High School’s wrestling team wanted to teach his athletes the importance of giving back to their communities and helping those in need. Stosius, who is also the specials counselor at Camelot Education’s Mastery Camden KAPS encouraged his team to put together a food drive to help individuals and families served by the school.

“I thought it would be a great idea for my students to learn the value of giving back to their community and helping others, especially during this time when a lot of people have lost their jobs because of the pandemic,” Stosius said. “We immediately went to the Palmyra Wrestling Facebook page to connect with parents, fans, and alumni to help with donations.”

Academy of Santa Rosa celebrated its first-ever Thanksgiving Dinner as a newly opened school.

In one week, the team received eight turkeys and a ham that were donated along with several side dishes. In addition, they raised $140 to buy additional food for the food baskets.

Stosius and his team joined with other Camden KAPS staff at the school to prepare the food baskets. Ten baskets were prepared and delivered to 10 families in the Camden area. Through its partnership with Mastery Schools, Camden KAPS supports Mastery students in a smaller classroom setting, focusing on the social and emotional needs of students, while still providing the same academic rigor they would receive at the comprehensive school. Many of the students live in underserved communities in and around Camden.

In addition to Camden KAPS, Buehrle Academy in Lancaster, PA is providing each student and their family with a Thanksgiving basket with everything needed for their home celebrations. In prior years, the school held an annual “Turkey Bowl” where all of the students and staff enjoy a home-cooked meal together and then play a student versus staff football game.

“This year that tradition couldn’t happen as it has in the past, so our staff wanted to do something to still make it a special day for our students and their families,” said Matt Wiltrout. “While recognizing 2020 has not been an ideal year for many of our families, it feels good to help our students and their families to partake in the great tradition of Thanksgiving.”

A few examples of other Camelot Education schools that helped make the Thanksgiving holiday extra special this year:

  • Camelot Academy of Santa Rosa in Pace, FL celebrated its first-ever Thanksgiving Dinner as a newly opened school. The students were able to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal as well as fellowship with classmates. The students also decorated placemats which they used during the meal.
  • Camelot Academy of Escambia County in Pensacola, FL put on an original Thanksgiving play titled Terri and the Turkey. It was a production put on by the high school language arts teacher and featured some of the high school students. School staff also put together a Thanksgiving feast for students. This is the school’s 9th annual Thanksgiving Feast which allows the students to have a holiday meal before they enter fall break.
  • Camelot Academies at Hamilton in Harrisburg, PA partnered with a local small business, Mellie Bellies, to provide students and their families with a Southern-style Thanksgiving feast.

As stated on the Academies at Hamilton’s Facebook page, “Our normal Cougar Thanksgiving feast looked a little different this year. However, we were able to spread the love through the community by partnering up with a local small business.”

Academies at Hamilton provided a Southern-style Thanksgiving feast.

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