Despite it being a dreary and rainy November day, GSB’s spirit in celebration of the school’s 18th annual Turkey Day could not be dampened. Thanks to the extremely generous donations of so many people from the Gill community, 783 turkeys were collected this year, shattering the school’s previous record of 618 turkeys. The large number of donations kept seniors, staff and faculty busy all morning collecting and transporting the frozen meat from students arriving on campus.
Later in the morning, the entire school gathered in the Athletic Center for its Fifth Annual Turkey Trout. Sweet Potato (Lower School turkey), Wishbone (Middle School turkey) and Butterball (Upper School turkey) raced around the school campus with the winner being “pardoned” by Upper School Director Joel Coleman.
After the ceremonial first “turkey toss” from longtime member of the GSB community, Junie Hockenbury, to senior baseball catcher Eddie McCarthy, the great Turkey Trot was set to begin! Butterball had a huge lead throughout the race, but as he neared the finish line, he charged into senior basketball player Zach Martini, who appeared out of nowhere. Eleventh-Grade Dean, Fred Corona (in a full referee outfit), blew the whistle on Butterball, and disqualified him from the race for an offensive “fowl.” It appeared then that Wishbone was going to be this year’s winner, until two Wishbones entered the Athletic Center, revealing that Wishbone had an identical double run half the race and, thus, was disqualified, as well. This only left Sweet Potato to cross the finish line and win the race for the fifth-consecutive year.
After reading a proclamation, Dr. Coleman, dressed in traditional Pilgrim attire, pardoned all three turkeys. While the Turkey Trot provided great entertainment, the real message of the day was helping those in need, as 900,000 people in the state rely on the Community FoodBank of New Jersey for their meals. Thanks to the efforts of the entire GSB community, Gill provides 20 percent of the statewide collected Thanksgiving turkeys (and is bound to go up with this record-break performance!).
Thank you to everyone who donated to this great cause and for helping us maintain the success of one of our favorite traditions!