A few Thomson High School students recently had the opportunity to practice real-life skills outside their normal school work. Students in Stacey Amerson, Christy Ferguson and Peggy Hester's class planned and carried out every aspect of a Christmas banquet.
Mrs. Amerson said the students did everything -- made the invitations, addressed and stuffed envelopes, planned the menu, planned the shopping list, compared prices, shopped, took care of the paperwork/receipts, set up the tables and chairs, set the place settings, prepared food, greeted guests at the door, gave the speeches, provided entertainment and cleaned up after the banquet.
"They had a very good time," Mrs. Amerson said. "They loved to be in charge of something. I'm really proud of them."
Their project was no small task -- approximately 60 people attended the banquet, including Board of Education members, McDuffie Schools Central Office leadership team members, Student Services staff, principals and parents.
Mrs. Amerson said she would like to thank Thomson Elementary's Sonja Kitchings for helping with the table centerpieces, Thomson Middle's Shirley Keith for helping with the placemats, and Thomson High's Tammy Brunson for helping the students practice their speeches.
The banquet was such a success that School Superintendent Jim LeBrun announced he would like to make it an annual event.