Guilford Hosts 10th Thanksgiving Feast

Guilford Elementary staged its 10th annual Thanksgiving Feast on Monday, November 19th.


Free Thanksgiving meals were served to 1,208 people; exceeding the goal of 1,000 Guilford’s staff set. Sterling School Board member Brenda Sheridan and Principal Lauren Sprowls were among those manning the serving lines. Madison’s Trust Elementary Principal Dave Stewart, who began this community event as Guilford’s principal, attended this year’s dinner as a guest. Other former Guilford staffers who attended were Cardinal Ridge Elementary Principal Lottie Spurlock, Meadowland Assistant Principal Anna Purdy, Madison’s Trust Assistant Principal Andrea Cho and teachers Mark Andrews and Joanne Luoma.


The following organizations and individuals contributed to the success of this event:

  • Park View High School Culinary Department – donated and cooked 12 turkeys;
  • Sterling Methodist Church – donated 40 turkeys;
  • Reston Bible Church – donated 110 pies and 170 boxes of stuffing;
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – donated green beans, corn, instant potatoes and gravy;
  • Chick-fil-A donated cups;
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – donated 900 servings of lemonade;
  • Virginia Paving Company employees served as parking helpers;
  • Guilford parent volunteers rolled 1000-plus silverware sets;
  • Guilford staff cooked 400 pounds of turkey;
  • Guilford cafeteria staff cooked mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, stuffing and gravy;
  • A local designer and dentist’s office made financial donations;
  • and Eagle Ridge Middle School seventh-grader Aidan Bailey played the role of Guilford mascot Gilly the Gator.



Some of the special additions to this year’s dinner included a music hour from 6 to 7 p.m. featuring Sterling Middle School’s Chamber group, Park View High School’s World View Band and Park View’s Jazz Band. A special dinner was held at 5 p.m. for a local senior center and a special Gator Alumni Table was set aside for all Guilford staff who have made this event a success during the past decade.