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As St. Philip’s College students celebrate 12th anniversary of preparing Thanksgiving meals for children at St. Peter-St. Joseph Children's Home, SPC student Daytwone Campbell documents
Daytwone Campbell at St. Peter-St. Joseph Children's Home

SPC Student Daytwone Campbell Documents St. Peter-St. Joseph Children's Home Project

As St. Philip’s College students celebrate 12th anniversary of preparing Thanksgiving meals for children at St. Peter-St. Joseph Children's Home, SPC student Daytwone Campbell documents

With the words, “This experience is totally amazing, what way to truly be thankful!!!,” a St. Philip’s College student documented a unique 12th anniversary of giving back on social media last week when he and 60 culinary arts and restaurant management students prepared a Thanksgiving feast for formerly abused, neglected, abandoned and homeless children on the campus of St. Peter-St. Joseph Children's Home at 919 Mission Road.

The hospitality professions student who took time to document the good deed is Daytwone Campbell. The home also took to social media to thank the St. Philip’s College team, stating, “There's a lot of hustle and bustle and deliciousness happening today! St. Phillips Culinary Institute is preparing Thanksgiving Dinner for our St. PJs children tomorrow. Thank you chefs, we are grateful for you. Happy Thanksgiving!” at their Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/stpjhome/photos/pcb.1932483980096901/1932483803430252/?type=3&theater.

Since 2005, led by chef faculty members, entire classes of St. Philip's College students have prepared the Thanksgiving meal for both children residing at the home and direct care staff. Working in shifts of 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. on Nov. 22 this year, St. Philip's College students prepared the meals on site with ingredients purchased by St. PJ’s (100-plus pounds of whole turkeys, 40 pounds of stuffing, 30 pounds of cranberry Jell-O, 40 pounds of mashed potatoes, three gallons of gravy, 27 pounds of green beans, 15 pumpkin pies and 15 pecan pies). By tradition, a few of the students also gave back by volunteering to serve the meals the following day (Nov. 23) in the property's Chapel-dining hall, before leaving discreetly as the feast began.

See and like Daytwone Campbell's Nov. 22 Facebook post at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=808829175964259&set=pcb.808829225964254&type=3&theater.

CAPTION: St. Philip’s College student Daytwone Campbell documented a unique 12th anniversary of giving back on social media last week when he and 60 culinary arts and restaurant management students prepared a Thanksgiving feast for formerly abused, neglected, abandoned and homeless children on the campus of St. Peter-St. Joseph Children's Home at 919 Mission Road. The staff at the home also documented the students for their social media (Courtesy images)

About the St. Philip’s College Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts department: The St. Philip’s College Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts department provides five primary programs along with one full-time faculty member and multiple adjunct faculty members to work directly with students in each area. All five programs involve students in classroom-based learning experiences, as well as lab experience, and work-based learning during a practicum course. The culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and restaurant management programs have been acknowledged with an Exemplary rating from the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission. St. Philip’s College is one of only 25 schools worldwide with the commission’s Exemplary status and is rated Exemplary by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The St. Philip’s College programs typically graduate 100 students annually, and expansion is expected this decade when the college opens its $30 million Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center of Excellence building funded as part of a $450 million bond package approved by voters in May 2017 to both construct new Alamo College District facilities and renovate existing college buildings. Students graduating from the management programs: Hotel Management, Hospitality Management, and Restaurant Management are eligible to receive Certified Hospitality Graduate (CHG) certifications from the Accrediting Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration™. Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts students are eligible for Certification by the American Culinary Federation. The CHG is an industry-recognized professional certification that has been granted to only three hospitality programs in the state of Texas and only one program in the college’s service area. For information on registration in the college’s program, contact the department staff at 210-486-2315 or book reservations with the staff of the college’s student-operated restaurant by calling 210-486-2328.

About St. PJ’s Children’s Home: St. Peter-St. Joseph Children's Home, known as St. PJ's, was established in 1869 by Three Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and has a mission to serve the needs of children and families by providing a safe, nurturing community to heal body, mind and spirit, shape successful adults, and break the cycle of abuse and neglect. Services include 24/7 emergency shelter, foster and adoption, counseling, and community housing assistance. More information about St. PJ's can be found at stpjhome.org.

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