CORNING - 10-year-old Kaida Fleming called the 15th annual Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Corning Area Youth Center “marvelous.”
More than 100 kids, parents and community members gathered Thursday to bring the kids, who often use the Youth Center, together with family members to celebrate a Thanksgiving style dinner.
“This event really incorporates the parents and family members,” said Angela Button, Youth Center senior program leader. “It’s nice to get the family involved. It’s been wonderful.”
Harmony Ayers-Friedlander, executive director of Family Service Society Inc., said the annual event and the Youth Center continues to grow each year.
“We’ve had a significant increase at the Youth Center, about 40 percent increase since the beginning of the school year,” Ayers-Friedlander said. "It just continues to grow."
Mayor Rich Negri said sharing a Thanksgiving Day style dinner with the kids is one of the best things he’s ever been a part of.
“It’s just great to do this with the kids,” Negri said. “Just wonderful.”
Fleming, a Corning 10-year-old, said the thing she liked best about the event was the food and the pretty decorations.
“It’s pretty cool,” said Lorenzo Lamondie, 11, of Corning. “I like the pie the best.”
The Youth Center staff provides the 15-25 kids that come after school every weekday with free math and science tutoring and food.
State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning, said the event exposes to the community all the Youth Center has to offer.
“It represents what the city and the community are all about,” Palmesano said.
The Thanksgiving Day dinner included mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, green beans and of course, turkey. For dessert, various pies and cakes were served, including apple pie.