On Thursday, November 16, Students in Oak Harbor Public Schools’ Exceptional Academy shared a delicious Friendsgiving feast with members of the Oak Harbor Police Department and district staff.
The students fulfilled every aspect of the meal, from the vibrant decorations around family-style seating to cooking from scratch. This year’s menu included herb-roasted turkey, glazed ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, stuffing, apple crisp, and more.
For Exceptional Academy, Friendsgiving is about more than enjoying tasty food. It is an annual tradition that was initiated by students several years ago to give back to the community. For a few hours in mid-November each year, first responders and students gather for cheerful conversation and relationship-building as #OneOakHarbor.Exceptional Academy
prepares students ages 18-21 who experience exceptionalities for independent living. Each student participates in annual internships and practices household responsibilities like doing the dishes and laundry, shopping, and preparing meals. Exceptional Academy students also practice good citizenship and give back to the community by supporting local charities.