Hearts Full of Gratitude at Turkey Train

Our generous community donated 10,240 pounds of food – enough to provide 8,359 meals to help others in need through the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

On a gorgeous fall morning just before Thanksgiving, MICDS students, faculty, staff and alumni held our annual Turkey Train, a tradition that’s been going strong for 16 years.

The community celebrated this tradition with an all-school assembly, which included band and choir performances; inspirational remarks from Upper School Community Service Co-Chairs Ally Kalishman ’21 and Nischal Ada ’20, St. Louis Area Foodbank representative Will Beshore and Head of School Jay Rainey; and video productions from our Lower and Middle School students.

Ada said, “On Thanksgiving, we all look forward to the wonderful meals we are able to share with our loved ones. We would like to thank each and every one of you for making this same opportunity possible for many families out there through your donations and spirit. This is what Thanksgiving is  really about.”

Rainey thanked the School community for the generous donations and said, “The Turkey Train is as much a gift to us today as it is a gift to families who will depend on the St. Louis Area Foodbank this Thanksgiving. It is the gift of understanding that just as we have lined up to provide sustenance to those who need it, so have we depended on the sustenance that others have lined up to give to us, in ways that we know and in ways that we will never know.”