I’ve just learned that a 61-year tradition has come to a close. Well, it will still be going on but the heart of the functions is now dead. As of this year, the Crosby PTA Ham and Turkey Dinner will no longer be supplied with food from the parents and local businesses of the area. Now it will be a catered function.
In 1952, when my grandmother, along with other parents, started this fundraiser, all food was donated by the families. Back then, the dinner did not cost one red cent because people donated from their own wallet to support the cause.
Families volunteered and worked long and hard to help raise money for Crosby Elementary. Times have changed and three generations of my family have volunteered at the function over the past six decades. I was proud to know that my grandmother,
Mrs. Rose J. Jacobs, was one of the founding parents who organized this function that has been going on since my mother was a child at Crosby.
Why would the PTA decide to take a meal that is prepared there on the site and go “fast food?” Why would it take recipes that have been loved for over 60 years and throw them aside for a “fresh from the can and heated up” meal?
I was given the old, “Ohio regulations, use of school kitchen,” and “lack of volunteers” excuse. The last one really sticks in my crawl. “Lack of volunteers.” For 61 years, the community has supported, worked and volunteered for this function.
For 61 years, parents, kids and people who didn’t even have a direct connection to the school came together to work for a common good - the school.
It is not likely Crosby Township has lost value over the past 60 years. Homes that are more than six times the cost of what homes cost in 1952 are flooding Crosby Township (or well, parts that used to be Crosby Township) and yet we cannot support a one-day function of cooking food?
I guess people don’t care. Maybe they are just too lazy to work a day to support their kid’s school and the largest fundraiser Crosby has.
Where has the pride gone in doing something yourself? “Write them a check. Let an outside source do all the cooking. I don’t want to get my hands dirty but I sure do want all the credit for all the money we made,” seems to be the new “norm” in our area. Guess this is what happens when the “city” moves to the country. Sad.
Thank goodness my grandmother didn’t live to see this end to her function. Thanks to everyone out there who ever made a pot of green beans, sold tickets or cleaned off a table for the next family to come sit down and enjoy a home cooked meal.
Anita K. Jacobs-Ficke
9016 New Haven Road
Harrison Ohio 45030