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NEISD Celebrates Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving Tradition since 1979

Thanksgiving Tradition

Students have been creating Thanksgiving placemats and decorations for the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving dinner since 1979.

Enter the Fine Arts Department at North East ISD and you will find a cornucopia of Thanksgiving placemats and decorations made by the district’s creative students. Dating back to 1979, NEISD has made a tradition of sending placemats and art pieces made by students to the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving dinner.

The district hopes that the yellows, oranges and reds will light up the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Thanksgiving, as more than 25,000 senior citizens and less fortunate enjoy a hot and tasty turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Many of the art pieces and placemats have special messages from kids that are sure to bring a warm smile to guests.

NEISD would like to wish faculty, staff and students a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Classes will resume on Monday, December 2.

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The Lee JROTC leds a hand at jimenez dinner


Lee JROTC cadets met with Mayor Castro.

It was an absolute festive event!  The joy, the dance, the people, the food, and above all, the fellowship made this year’s Annual Raul Jimenez Dinner a success in its own right, but for the Robert E. Lee JROTC, it was awesome!  The Volunteer Battalion has a long standing tradition serving with some of the best volunteers in the City and this year’s event was no different.

“I had an incredible time, taught a friend how to dance.  It brought joy to me to help people out,” said Cadet Corporal Elijah Gomez.  The Volunteer Battalion supported the event with 30 cadets who graciously gave of their time to be among the many volunteers. 


The Lee Color Guard presents the colors.

The Volunteer Battalion opened up the event by presenting the national colors in the midst of District 7 Councilman Cris Medina singing the National Anthem.  Upon completion of the opening remarks, and prayer, the crowd just got bigger in anticipation of a hardy meal. 

Fourth Year Cadet and Battalion Commander, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence Stowers has volunteered every year for this great event.  “Every year that I’ve volunteered with the Jimenez Dinner, I have left feeling both grateful and happy about my work here.  The Jimenez Dinner reminds me of the true purpose of Thanksgiving every year,” said Stowers.


The Lee cadets prepare to greet guests for escort duty.

This year's Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner served 9,400 pounds of turkey, 32,000 dinner rolls, 12,500 pounds of stuffing, 4,000 volunteers, serving approximately 20,000 guests.  The Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner is now in its 34th year and has been a tradition in San Antonio since 1979.

The Lee Cadets spent time volunteering among a variety tasks.  The cadets did a phenomenal job escorting the elderly and disabled.  They handled the early morning cold weather well to ensure prompt service to the masses exiting buses and vans.  Once complete with escort duty, the cadets refocused and assisted other volunteers by taking trays of food to the guests.


Cadets help the elderly to the dining area.

“Helping others to the dining room; dancing and gathering and enjoying the fellowship and the gift of giving," said Cadet Marco Jasso when discussing the giving atmosphere.

By midday, the cadets were serving out pumpkin pies by the dozens to a still excited crowd of humble guests.  Many were enjoying coffee with their deserts when the music and dancing started to entertain the masses.

Cadet Eric Hernandez said it best and succinct, “I had a fun time meeting nice people and helping others.”  This was an incredible event, and probably the finest event of the year for the Volunteer Battalion.  “The battalion will once again be a part of this great gathering when it comes around next year," said JROTC Army Instructor 1SG Reyes. 


Cadets had a great time serving pie.


Cadets enjoyed the Thanksgiving meal.


Windcrest holds its First Ever Thanksgiving Celebration


Windcrest Elementary School students and staff participated in its first annual Thanksgiving Celebration with a play, musical numbers, and curriculum activities throughout the day. Staff members created and participated in the morning assembly which included the play, "Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving", and two musical numbers: "All the Silver Ladles" and "Call Me Gravy".

Windcrest Thanksgiving

All Windcrest students were audience members for the Thanksgiving Read Aloud and students had the opportunity to create their own Native American headbands and other artistic items related to the Thanksgiving holiday. At the end of the day, students gave thanks by breaking bread with each other in a healthy feast. All the students and staff at Windcrest enjoyed the day and had a rare opportunity to relax, rejoice, and be thankful for each other. Staff plan to keep this new tradition for years to come to kick-off the holiday season and to engage students in meaningful activities for the holiday season.

Dellview students trot for turkeys


Dellview Elementary School celebrated their 4th Annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 21. This was a great event to promote wellness and exercising. Over 200 families were in attendance. For every mile that was completed, participants had the opportunity to win a turkey for their Thanksgiving meal. A total of 16 turkeys were given out which were donated by HEB and the Dellview PTA, in addition to sports equipment. Participants received water and healthy snacks after their exercise! Students received a Spirit Stick for their participation.


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Nimitz ELL students experience a traditional thanksgiving for first time

Nimitz Thanks


Nimitz Middle School English Language Learners (ELL) and their families were treated to a Thanksgiving feast thanks to their innovative teachers. Nimitz teacher Stacey Purkiss and ELL Specialist Cecilia Rodriguez dressed in costume and served Thanksgiving lunch as a culmination to students learning.

Posted on November 22, 2013