One of Morgan Mill’s biggest events of the year is approaching quickly and the school’s teachers, students and staff are cooking up 44 turkeys for the annual Community Thanksgiving taking place from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, in the school’s gym.

“I feel like this has snuck up on us so quickly this year, but we’re getting prepared,” said Morgan Mill ISD Superintendent Wendy Sanders. 

The feast will include turkey, dressing, green beans and corn, sweet potatoes, fruit cocktail and many different desserts. 

Last year’s Thanksgiving fed 800 people and sticking with the annual tradition, 60 Fort Hood soldiers will be brought up to enjoy food and mingling with the community.

“Every student school-wide has made a card for a soldier, so they will get to pick and give their cards to the soldiers,” Sanders said. “We will send a bus down Friday morning to pick them up from Fort Hood.”

Morgan Mill students are always heavily involved in the Thanksgiving feast making phone calls to personally invite important members of the community and state, helping with decorations, serving up the food and cleaning up.

“Something new that we’ve never had before is the Stephenville High School choir will be coming to sing this year and the (Tarleton) Purple Poo are suppose to be here as well,” Sanders said.

Sanders added that this will be her ninth year involved in the community Thanksgiving, always enjoying the special event.

“I love getting to see the excitement on the kids faces when the soldiers walk in the door,” she said. “I think the soldiers have a blast playing with the kids, so getting to see that is great.”