BY SALKEAL TILLERY ON December 20,2013
Every month Rose has a event coordinated by the Rose DREAM Team that usually involves the students participating in events like a sports competition or a feast. The DREAM Team event for the month of November included a lunch to help the Exceptional Children celebrate Thanksgiving. DREAM Team is a club of athletes that hosts events for the Exceptional Children department and sometimes help coordinate larger scale events that are held during the pep rallies. DREAM Team advisor Nicole Leary coordinated the event with some help from students.
“A couple of DREAM Team students are helping me organize and prepare for the event,” Leary said.
Though it is not a requirement for students to help out with the feast, students were willing to help Leary with the event. The feast took place on Nov. 26 and lasted for the entirety of third period. DREAM Team hosts events each month and each event usually involves a different topic.
“I got the opportunity to join DREAM Team and help out with the event and I took it,” sophomore Reuben Chemmanam said.
Chemmanam and some of his group members believe that the Thanksgiving event was a good chance to help out. Chemmanam believes that it was a good way to show support of not only the DREAM Teams events but the things they do to help out the EC department. Just helping out with the event however is only part of the work needed to be done.
“We usually meet and discuss what we are planning on doing next for each event,” Chemmanam said.
Chemmanam said in order to have a successful event that can cater to all the participating students, it needs plenty of help and planning. The setup for this event took not only first and second period but Smart Block as well. As for the planning, this event was planned during the October DREAM Team meeting that they have once a month during smart block.
“I helped out with the EC kids during the meal,” Chemmanam said. “I gave them anything they may have needed while we were hosting.”
Another job that needed help with was attending to the EC students with anything they may have needed during the lunch. There were many students who decided to come and give them any assistance they may have needed before, during and after the event. Due to all of these factors. The event itself was a success and allowed the participating students to get some experience volunteering and taking various leadership roles.
“We had the basic, traditional tasty Thanksgiving meal.” Chemmanam said.
The meal that was served at the event consisted of a typical Thanksgiving dinner. The meal had turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and more. The food was made by the Blue Rose Cafe, a culinary class that teaches students how to cook. It took a couple of hours to prepare all the the food that was served at the event. The feast was a hit for the EC students; some of the SGA students even made the EC students hats to wear while they ate and enjoyed the event.