On Sunday, Nov. 9, international students from Rebecca Raab's English 111 ESL course traveled to her parent's home in Halifax County for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Itayetzi Zafra Mendez, Averett's Fulbright Scholar, also came along for the fun. Students not only learned about Thanksgiving and ate a delicious feast, but also had the opportunity to hike around the beautiful Banister River.

Special thanks to Christine Thompson for baking pies and helping transport students, and Anne and Tom Raab for graciously hosting the event!

I just wanted to say thank you to all who have been so thoughtful during the time of my mother's illness and subsequent death. It truly is a blessing to work with such a caring group of people. Thank you so much for the cards, flowers and other acts of kindness. I am so grateful for the time that I was able to spend with my mother prior to her death. Cancer is a terrible disease, but could never replace those precious memories. From my heart, and to any who are still fighting the fight, I would like to encourage you to keep on fighting. I am praying for the day a cure will be found.

Tammy Wall, senior accountant-payroll/benefits