Open doors

Westfield Washington Schools Supt. Mark Keen says the district’s buildings were built using public funds and should be utilized by the community. Churches, sports leagues and other organizations use the variety of facilities from basketball courts to multipurpose rooms.

In another effort to open their doors to the community, Westfield Washington Schools is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner. Officials said the event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend – those in need, those who may need socialization, those without plans or those who want to volunteer. Donations will be accepted but are not required.

The dinner will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 28 in Westfield Middle School’s cafeteria, 345 W. Hoover St. Organizers ask that those interested in attending RSVP by Nov. 21 to student nutrition services at 867-8061.

This is the first time the district and Sodexho have teamed together to give back to the community with the holiday meal.

To make the event the best it can be, volunteers are sought to help set up, cook, serve and clean up on Nov. 27 and 28. Those interested in volunteering are asked to e-mail and include their availability. Volunteers will be given an assignment for the day they sign up to serve.

Thanksgiving is a time to take stock and be thankful for the many blessings in our lives. While some may be more blessed than others, as a community it is important to offer opportunities like this for those who may not have a special meal or anyone to share it with. While Westfield continues to grow, it’s the heartfelt motives that keep its small town charm.