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PACE Celebrates Thanksgiving


The spirit of gratitude and togetherness filled the halls of Portland's Alternative Education Program (PACE) as students and staff gathered for the annual Thanksgiving Dinner. This cherished tradition, now in its approximately 15th year, has become a cornerstone of the PACE community, fostering a sense of unity and family.


Tony Deardorff, the Director of PACE, expressed his enthusiasm for the event and that it was one loved by all. In preparation for the event, Deardorff and Karla Wittenbach, PACE Administrative Assistant, roasted three turkeys to perfection. The Portland Food Service team joined forces, seamlessly orchestrating a feast that included classic Thanksgiving staples such as mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, dinner rolls, and of course apple and pumpkin pies.


The Thanksgiving Dinner provided an opportunity for students and staff to engage in meaningful conversations while savoring a meal crafted with care. The atmosphere was one of warmth and camaraderie as the PACE community came together to celebrate their unique bonds.


The tradition has evolved over the years, with the staff actively participating by sitting among the students, embodying the close-knit community that PACE prides itself on. The event not only strengthens the sense of belonging but also underscores the school's mantra that they are truly one big family.


As the dishes were passed around and laughter filled the room, it was evident that the Thanksgiving Dinner at PACE is more than just a meal—it's a celebration of unity, gratitude, and the enduring bonds that make the school a second home for its students and staff alike.


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