Holiday Lunch-In at Palmer

How's this for an elementary math problem? What do 80 pounds of potatoes and eight turkeys equal? The 12th annual Holiday Lunch-In at Palmer Elementary.
Students from K-5 took part in what has become a tradition at the school. Teachers prepare and serve the lunch while high school mentors also join in to hand out food to the students. The menu included turkey, potatoes, corn, gravy, cranberry sauce and rolls. There was also a table covered with trays of cookies. But, no dessert could top the real finale to the lunch - a visit from Santa.
Santa hands out a candy cane at a table full of children 
"This is a chance for Palmer to get together as a big family," said Rhonda Ashley, who began the event 12 years ago. "I love to see the kids. I love to see their expression. It's a way to give back and remember what the season is about. It's about getting together."
Part of that giving back includes holding the event in the gymnasium and feeding the cafeteria staff so they can have a break from their normal day-to-day schedule as well as the students.
A teenage girl standing with a tray of cookies at a table full of seated children 
"It's awesome. We get out of class and doing work, it's great," said 5th grader Adrian Holdrige.
"It's delicious," said 5th grader Madisyn Decker. 
"We kind of just get to stay with our friends more than we usually do," said 5th grader Nevaeh Youells. 
5th grader Ashton Adams started going to Palmer Elementary three weeks ago. His timing has been pretty good.
"The second day I came to school my class got a party. Now this. It's been fun," said Adams.  
Two adult women behind a table putting food on the dishes of students in front of the table 

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