Dacula ES Hosts 40th Annual Holiday Luncheon
Thousands of parents and community members attend the four-day event.
For 40 years, community members have celebrated the season at the Dacula Elementary School holiday luncheon.
School principal Mary Lou Enright said the annual event is a way to show appreciation for the people who support the school throughout the year.
Dec. 7 - 10, the school hosted about 11,000 visitors during the four-day festivities, Enright said. The luncheon was held over several days to accommodate the large number of guests for each grade level.
Students are allowed to invite family members, and the school also issues invitations to community leaders such as Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks, Gwinnett County School Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks and State Rep. Donna Sheldon.
Cafeteria Manager Terrie Greeson had the biggest job during the event – making sure the numerous guests were fed.
For this year's event, Greeson and her staff prepared 128 turkeys, 180 pounds of green beans and enough dressing, mashed potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, ambrosia salad, sweet tea and desserts to feed an army.
Greeson thanked the PTA members, school staff and other volunteers who helped make the event a success and said she was particularly grateful for her school nutrition staff.
"This could not happen without my great staff," she said. "I think they're the best in the world."