For Joan Melissant, a multiple abilities teacher at Parkview Middle School in Creve Coeur, this Thanksgiving season is even more special. It represents the 10th year her students have prepared a Thanksgiving feast. The first year, the students only served their parents. This year, the program has expanded to the point that they serve three rounds of meals for first responders, village board members, school staff, and of course, their parents. Joan said that beyond teaching core academics in her special education class for fifth to eighth grade students, they also focus on learning to cook once a week as a life skill to become more self-sufficient. She's quick to point out, "All kids need life-skills training." The expense for the meal is covered from a school allowance for the program and donations for parents.