Cowichan schools celebrate the season

The gym at Khowhemun Elementary School was festively decorated.

The gym at Khowhemun Elementary School was festively decorated.

Parents and staff were all lined up ready to start their assigned jobs.

The message for the day was “Meli Klismus, ‘ikw lyus Xews’ Silanun” (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year).

And the entire school population of students were all seated at long tables, smiling in eager anticipation.

So, what was it?

The school’s first-ever Turkey Lunch, held Friday, Dec. 18, was quickly voted a great success.

In a switchabout, the elders served the children their food, carrying plates to each table or supplying the young diners with gravy and milk.

Lots of businesses stepped up with donations to make the big day possible, including Island Farms, Superstore, M&M Meats, Old Farm Market, 49th Parallel Grocery, Great Canadian Dollar Store, Cisco Foods, Save-On Foods, Tim Hortons and the Fergus Family.