GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The Culinary Arts and Hospitality students at Ella T. Grasso Technical High School are used to serving their specialty dishes, but Thursday, they are doing it for a special reason.
Veterans were invited to the dining room to enjoy a buffet lunch in their honor. Ribs, chicken and several other dishes were served up by the students.
“I feel grateful. I feel appreciative,” said Lawrence Ravel, a senior in the Culinary Arts program. “I feel like I”m able to do something for them in return cause I’m still here in school. I”m here in school and able to stay safe because of them.”
For a few years now the Skills USA students have served those who serve our country as a way of honoring them and saying thanks.
“A lot of people who are older have served or they have members who have served. When you’re younger you don’t know as much but to show appreciation I think it shows a lot about the whole school and the kids and their character and everything in that nature,” said James Olvera, a member of the CT Army National Guard.
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“It’s nice to be appreciated and hear that they are interested in serving us,” said Mark James a Navy veteran.
He has a grandson who is in the Culinary Arts program.
“The food was delicious,” said James.
“I”m grateful that they come and support the school and I love like serving them because they serve for our country,” said Hannah Rhoades, a senior in the Culinary Arts program.
“The food is great,” said Olvera. “It’s great.”
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A nice meal and perhaps an even nicer gesture.
“I think it’s a great thing,” said James. “Sometimes a lot of the servicemen do not get the gratitude they have spent in the service.”
“There’s been a ground swell of support. When I wear my uniform and people know I serve and it’s nice it’s a nice feeling,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey LaPierre who serves in the CT Army National Guard.
The veterans gave high marks to the students for the meal and their hospitality.