Parkersburg Academy delivers Thanksgiving food
PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Academy’s “Operation Thanksgiving Basket” provided a Thanksgiving meal and more for 43 local families.
On Nov. 11 and 12, staff, parents and 30 students from Parkersburg Academy placed 1,000 empty bags at the front doors of homes in Parkersburg, Vienna and North Hills, asking for non-perishable food to be placed in the bags for Thanksgiving baskets.
On Sunday, the adults and children went back to these homes and collected the bags filled with food items. Hundreds of bags were filled with food.
Also on Sunday, this food was placed in boxes and delivered to local households as a Thanksgiving present.
Over 170 people will be fed from these Thanksgiving boxes delivered to 43 families, said Monica Zill, principal of Parkersburg Academy on 38th Street.
Each box included a turkey and food to prepare a Thanksgiving meal with enough food for additional meals.
The program began around 2012 with eight boxes being delivered. For the past four years, 35 or more boxes have been given out each year.
Names for the recipients of these boxes of food are provided by school counselors, neighbors and friends. Some boxes of food went to Pleasants County residents this year.
People appreciate receiving the food, Zill said. Families are contacted before the food is delivered to the homes.
“It is a blessing to give … to see the joy on their faces,” Zill said. “It’s a small way to give back.”
Parkersburg Academy provides a Christian education for students in grades pre-kindergarten through ninth grade. The school has been educating students for more than 100 years.
Zill noted that Parkersburg Academy offers multiple learning environments, including small classroom sizes, a Montessori classroom and a Forest Classroom that has the students outside daily.
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