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Students take charge of pie prep. ahead of community Thanksgiving dinner

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The cooking club at Lincoln Middle School has churned out roughly 50 pumpkin pies in preparation for the La Crosse Community Thanksgiving dinner.

The dinner runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving. It's held at the La Crosse Center, staffed entirely by volunteers and is both free and open to the public.

Nicole Binkis, who serves as the adviser to the 18 kids in Lincoln's cooking club, said the pie baking process is fun.

The kids make the pie crust and filling themselves. They also oversee the baking process. Each pie takes roughly 90 minutes to bake.

"It's good to get students involved with the community dinner so they can understand there are families out there that have little for Thanksgiving," Binkis said.

"It's a way to give back to the community," she said.

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