Mobile Junction November 27, 2008

CASSIE HEWLINGS/The Daily Sentinel
BROADWAY ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTNERS watch classmate Marius Mercier send them Thanksgiving wishes from South Africa on Wednesday.

Cross-continental shout out

• Considering Marius Mercier is a handful of time zones away from his kindergarten class at Broadway Elementary, his arrival just a few minutes late after attendance was taken was quite the accomplishment.
Marius is visiting South Africa with his family, but was able to wish his classmates in Brian Schwerdtfeger’s kindergarten class a happy Thanksgiving in English and Spanish via webcam.
Schwerdtfeger keeps the plains of Africa webcasting in his classroom for his students on his smartboard thanks to Africam, a Web site that lets viewers see the continent in real time.
All of Broadway’s classrooms tuned in Wednesday morning for a 9 a.m. shout out from Marius and his family, who held up signs that read, “Happy Thanksgiving Broadway Bears,” from the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve in South Africa.

MSC cooks prep food for more than 1,200

82 turkeys.

50 gallons of gravy.

320 pounds of stuffing.

And a partridge in a pear tree. But wait, that’s the wrong holiday.

The kitchen staff at Mesa State College cooked the food paid for by the school’s food provider Sodexho for the Salvation Army.

The food is expected to feed more than 1,200 people with the majority of it being delivered to people at their homes.

The crew, in its 13 year of cooking for the Salvation Army, finished carving the birds Tuesday night.

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