BELLFLOWER – Bellflower Unified’s Thomas Jefferson Elementary School drew 327 family and community members to its first-ever TJ Turkey Night on Nov. 16, part of a program of monthly engagement events designed to strengthen family connections with school programs.
The event featured a full turkey dinner served at cost ($5 a plate), crafts and student performances. More than 100 students and parents completed crafts and four turkeys and six pies were given out as part of opportunity drawings.
“Our Turkey Night was a major success,” Principal Tiffany Dominguez said. “Everyone had a wonderful time, we had a chance to engage with our families and there was plenty of delicious food for all.”
Dominguez said Thomas Jefferson launched the monthly family programs in 2015-16 to create a stronger sense of community with parents. Other events include Bingo for Books, in which families play bingo to win books; Star-Gazing Night, hosted by astronomers; and Family Clay Night, in which students and parents decorate clay holiday ornaments fired in Jefferson’s kiln.
The student Turkey Night performances were recorded and projected onto a large screen for families to watch as they ate. Families were also encouraged to bring canned goods with them to donate to a local charity, Dominguez said.