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Renaissance High's Harvest Festival a 13-year tradition

Posted: Friday, Nov 23rd, 2012

Renaissance High School principal Artemisa Cortez sports a chef's hat while serving students and staff Wednesday at the annual community harvest festival. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

WATSONVILLE — Dozens of students, along with their families, friends and teachers, gathered in the cafeteria and outdoor quad area Tuesday to enjoy Renaissance High's 13th-annual Community Harvest Festival.

With a giant, student-prepared smorgasbord at their disposal, the attendees lunched on roast turkey, chicken and ham, along with potatoes and bread, salad, desserts and drinks.

The festival has been a tradition since 1999, when a group of teachers led by Joel Amrani was seeking a way to build a sense of community at the school, he said.

“It shows the community how much we care about the students,” he said. “We’re not just feeding their stomachs, we’re feeding their souls.”

Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board Trustee Jeff Ursino said he appreciated seeing the large contingent of parents that came to the feast.

“It shows how much the parents support the school,” he said.

For the complete article see the 11-22-2012 issue.

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