Cataline Elementary School PAC members Mindy Johnson (from left)

Cataline Elementary School PAC members Mindy Johnson (from left)

SLIDESHOW: Cataline Elementary enjoys an early Christmas dinner

More than 350 students and volunteers enjoyed a Christmas dinner at Cataline Elementary School in Williams Lake Wednesday.




More than 350 students and volunteers enjoyed a Christmas dinner at Cataline Elementary School in Williams Lake Wednesday.

As he helped serve ham to the students, principal John Silkstone said the school has the dinner every year.

“We want to make sure all of the children in our school get a Christmas dinner,” Silkstone said. “I use some of the school’s food money and the PAC does all the cooking.”

Inside the gym where the food was being served, the tables were cleverly covered with construction paper. Many of the students were busily drawing Christmas scenes and notes on the paper as they waited for their food to arrive.

It was a busy bustling place.

Inside a fairly tight kitchen space, PAC members Mindy Johnson, Noella Bremner and Jen Brown were in charge of the cooking.

They said they cooked 28 hams, 60 pounds of potatoes and 12 bags of frozen vegetables and the fact the students were wanting second helpings made them feel good.

Staff members ran back and forth taking plates to the students and even Superintendent Mark Wintjes was on vegetable serving duty.

Once the students had finished the main meal, staff members returned with plates of goodies for each child to select a dessert.

Silkstone said each student was receiving a wrapped gift from the PAC and then would be returning to their classrooms to make cards for the rest of the afternoon.