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Reginald F. Lewis High School students take surprise field trip

"I didn't know where we were going," said Earl McNair, a senior at Reginald F. Lewis High School.

It was a mystery field trip for the entire school. One day in mid-November, nine buses pulled up in front of the school to pick up all the students. Three miles later they arrived at Tall Cedars of Lebanon in Parkville where the hall's staff had prepared a full Thanksgiving meal. Students piled their plates high with turkey, gravy, stuffing, lasagna, hot dogs, salads, greens, cranberry sauce and cake.

"It was delcious! I had two plates," said McNair, who is also on the school's Honor Roll. "I had a chance to bond with people I don't usually talk to," he added.

Principal Barney Wilson organizes the annual event to do something special for students around Thanksgiving. It also gives him the chance to recognize the Honor Roll and 100 club, students with 100s on their report cards.

"It was fun to see people dancing and having a good time," said Keira Valencia, a 10th grader who is on the Honor Roll too. "I'm thankful for good grades and having people who really care."