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Students at Asheville High make a Thanksgiving meal for peers in need

Some students at Asheville High School are giving back to their community, one plate at a time. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Some students at Asheville High School are giving back to their community, one plate at a time.

These students are members of the Cougar PAWS (Pursuing Action With Students) program. They're preparing a holiday feast fit for a king, but in this case, it's for fellow students

Jodie and Steve Dunning--the owners of Okie Dokie's Smokehouse--are helping students prepare Thanksgiving meals. The food will be given to disadvantaged students at Asheville High and Asheville Middle.

Ms. Brown says she's proud of them.

"This year we've had at least three go on to receive Serv Safe Certification for restaurant management certification, where they can go out into the workforce and earn a higher wage," said Jacqueline Brown, a foods and nutrition teacher.

"As far as cutting and slicing, and prepping and washing, and keeping clean areas, they're doing fabulous," said Jody Dunning.

In addition to the turkeys, students prepared eight pumpkin cakes, 144 mini pecan pies and 164 rolls, as well as other sides.

This is the fifth year for the Thanksgiving feast.

Most of the food was provided by Manna FoodBank.

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