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Cimarron-Memorial students spend their holiday feeding others

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 11/23/2012 12:01 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Giving up their holiday to serve others was an easy choice for some local high school students.

For the second year in a row, Cimarron-Memorial hosted its own Thanksgiving dinner.

News 3's Denise Rosch was there and has this holiday story.

Thanksgiving is a holiday when most schools are locked up tight.

But at Cimarron-Memorial, volunteers signed up to make a difference with a Thanksgiving feast for nearly 1,000 people in need.

“It's pretty cool seeing everybody,” said 18-year-old Drew Danzeisen. “Everybody is smiling coming in for the holidays."

Danzeisen is a recent graduate of Cimarron-Memorial. He is splitting clean up duty with his brothers Brad and Todd. He says the family usually goes out of town for Thanksgiving, but this year plans changed.

"I came back from college and was told by my mom we're staying here and helping out at the high school," Drew Danzeisen said.

This is the second year in a row Cimarron-Memorial has hosted a Thanksgiving meal. Families from nearby elementary and middle schools are the invited guests.

Principal Joe Caruso says while the campus sits right on the cusp of Summerlin, that doesn't mean there isn't a need.

“We have students that could be couch surfing, they could be living in a car, they could live in multi-family situations,” Caruso said. “So homeless is a wide area.”

And while the school cafeteria feeds students all the time, an event like this takes some doing. There are special permits and insurance to obtain and the health district needs to sign off.  This day takes three months of planning for one enormous meal.

"I think the food is good, it's great the people are doing this, taking their time for Thanksgiving," said 10-year-old Justin Styers-Smith. 

Justin Styers-Smith is having his Thanksgiving meal with his mom, brother and a friend and he easily explaining the meaning of the holiday.

"Flip the words around, it means giving thanks to everybody around you," Justin Styers-Smith said. 

This is not the typical holiday for Drew but it is one that he and his family will remember for all the right reasons.

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