Student appreciation dinner

Andy Nguyen

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A single mother, Leah Smith, a media art major student, with her two children, left, Akailliah Smith and Devahn Smith are in attendance at "Appreciation Dinner," for Thanksgiving in Technology Center, Nov. 22.

Associated Students held the annual student appreciation dinner in Technology Center, Tuesday, Nov. 22. Students, faculty and staff were invited to attend. Approximately 225 guests were present.

AS president Mike Casas did the welcoming address for those in attendance. “There are many reasons for this annual event to take place,” Casas said. Students are low income, unemployed with no money. The dinner is held annually to show students that they are appreciated for the support they have given in regard to school activities, events and programs on SJCC campus.

“Thanksgiving is a time to come together with family and friends and be grateful for things we have.” Faline Ginghofer, an early childhood development major student said. “It was lovely to have the SJCC president and vice president greet everyone and let us know we are appreciated by them,” Ginghofer said.

“Thanksgiving means sharing, giving and being with family,” Linda Gonzales, an art major student said.
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“This is the second Thanksgiving without my mom but this year is easier to cope with,” Gonzales said. “This dinner made for a real family atmosphere. Some of my friends do not have family, so it made things really nice.”

“Thanksgiving means to be with family, friends and the togetherness of the holiday season,” Jose Lujan, computer networking major said, “This is wonderful. SJCC always put on a good buffet.”