The Grove Kitchen and Gardens donated a turkey to every teacher in Tyler Independent School District for Christmas. Approximately 1,300 teachers were invited to go by The Grove on Old Jacksonville Highway on Friday to pick up their turkeys.

"We hope this turkey makes it to the center of a table surrounded by people who will be reminded of the important role school teachers play in shaping the future," a spokesperson with The Grove said in a press release.

Among those who picked up turkeys on Friday was Brenda Green, a dyslexia teacher at Jones Elementary.

"This year I'm going to see my daughter in Austinm and now I'll have a turkey to bring to cook," she said.

Another was Jennifer Taylor, who teaches English at Hubbard Middle School.

"When I found out we were getting turkeys, I was surprised," she said. "It's a big school district. I'm very appreciative."

Officials with The Grove said the giveaway reflected Michael Herd's desire that a deep-rooted sense of community be a part of what business would become.

"Food brings us together, allowing us to share and build lasting memories," the press release from The Grove read. "While we can't come close to the impact a good teacher makes on their students, we hope these free turkeys result in more compassion and a stronger connection to one another."

- Roy Maynard

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