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Gilbert Gives Back


Faculty and staff of The Gilbert School, along with members of The W.L. Gilbert Trust, were all in the holiday spirit of giving as they took part in Gilbert’s Thanksgiving dinner drive on Monday, Nov. 25. Members of the Gilbert community raised funds to purchase Thanksgiving dinners for area families in need. Big Y of Torrington and store manager Tracy Lambertson, which has worked with Gilbert for the past few years, helped Gilbert purchase the meals for a special discounted price. The meal consisted of an 18-pound turkey, stuffing, gravy, vegetables, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and a pie. Ms. Lambertson worked with Gilbert School Athletic Director Donald Crossman along with Facilities Director Ted Buzinsky to pick up the meals from the store.
More than 20 members of the Gilbert community picked up these meals at Gilbert’s parking lot on Nov. 25 and delivered them to 60 families in the area. “At Gilbert, we talk a lot about being kind to one another and to take care of each other,” Principal Sue Sojka said. “We all feel that the faculty, staff, students, parents, and relatives are all part of our family. You always take care of your family." “It feels amazing to be able to help out people at this time of year,” Mr. Crossman said. “To me, this is a tradition that is part of Gilbert and part of what we do every single year. We are lucky that we have partnered with Big Y and they have done a fantastic job of helping us make our money go very far so we can provide these meals for families.”