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Waukesha high schoolers spend Thanksgiving eve serving community

Posted at 12:31 PM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 13:31:33-05

WAUKESHA, Wis. -- It's the day before Thanksgiving, a day when most schools are closed, but inside Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) things were a little different Wednesday morning. Classes weren't in session, but students still put in a lot of work.

CMH dedicated the entire day to service for organizations in the greater community. The 6th annual Crusader Day of Service brings together hundreds of students, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff who give their time and skill to those in need.

"It's a great opportunity, and it's really cool CMH gives us this opportunity," Megan Lampe, a sophomore, said.

The opportunity wasn't just limited to projects in the classroom. In the kitchen, students helped math teacher, Ann Maas cook up a feast.

"These are the chickens for the dressing that we make later on and the kids are going to be dicing this up," Maas said.

For 30 years she and her husband, Tony Maas, have prepared food for the school's annual Thanksgiving dinner, it feeds about 250 people and is open to anyone in need.

"One year I had a gentleman tell me that he felt like he was in his grandma's kitchen, and that, that does it," Maas smiled.

Crusader Day of Service impacts over 30 organizations and students put in over 1,500 hours of service to the community in a single day --the day also makes for a pretty special way to give right before the holiday.