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20th annual holiday meal is a family affair
Sixth-grader Dominic Bowen hugs his mother, Alecia Bowen, who attended the annual holiday meal with Cory Bowen, right, at the Monroe Middle School Thursday. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - Twenty years ago, while teaching at Northside Elementary, Lance Smith came up with the idea to host a holiday meal with his special education students as a token of appreciation for family and staff members. "It's amazing that we pulled it off," said Nancy Boyle, an educational assistant at Northside who helped make the meal happen. Smith's classroom didn't have a kitchen, but with the help of Boyle and Smith's students, they were able to put together a meal feeding about 30 people.