Turkey Day Provides Holiday Meals To NJ Families

Frigid temperatures and a looming snowstorm could not slow enthusiasm for the school’s annual Turkey Day, now in its 16th year. Upper School students, teachers, and GSB operations staff were on hand this morning to help collect the turkeys. Together, the school community donated 418 turkeys, all of which were delivered to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.Later in the morning, the school gathered in the Athletic Center for a short assembly and the annual Turkey Trot—a race among Sweet Potato (Lower School turkey), Wishbone (Middle School turkey) and Butterball (Upper School turkey). There was cause for celebration in the Lower School, as Sweet Potato, despite trailing early on, claimed victory for the fourth consecutive year. As the turkeys neared the finish line, Butterball had a clear lead on his competitors. Unfortunately, he overestimated his lead and decided to take a nap in the middle of the gymnasium. Wishbone, confused, joined Butterball on the basketball court, all but guaranteeing victory for Sweet Potato. As Sweet Potato started towards the finish line, however, she fell and twisted her ankle. With the race in shambles, the GSB Knight came out of the crowd, picked up Sweet Potato and helped her cross the finish line. In honor of Sweet Potato’s victory, Head of School Sid Rowell pardoned all three turkeys, delighting the crowd.While Turkey Day is always great fun, it is first and foremost a chance to help New Jersey families in need. Currently, close to one million families in the state struggle with food insecurity. A very special thanks to all who donated a turkey today, helped with collection or otherwise supported the event.A gallery of images is available on our Facebook page.

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