Annual CTA Turkey Turnover Dinner

CTA Turkey Turnover Dinner
Posted on 01/30/2019
By Sarah Keithley, Alternative Education Teacher and CTA Vice President

Everyone in Mexico knows what a Turkey Turnover is and if you don’t. . . Where HAVE you been? 

The Mexico Community Teachers Association’s Turkey Turnover Dinner is one of the most well recognized fundraisers for Mexico Public Schools. Each year CTA members volunteer their time to work one evening and serve a very famous meal to the Mexico community.

That meal turns into scholarships for our Mexico Graduates! The proceeds are used to fund four to six $500 scholarships for students who are planning on entering the education field.

Sarah Keithley has organized the fundraiser, with help from CTA Building Representatives, for the past nine years. “We ask that each CTA member sell dinner tickets for the event. As well as help advertise the event to the community and work the event the night of the dinner.” CTA also has a long-standing relationship with former Board of Education member Chuck Rentschler at Show Me Credit Union, who assists in selling Turkey Turnover tickets. The fundraiser is scheduled near the MHS Winterwarming events to help draw in a large crowd. Many community members come just to eat this famous meal. It’s that good!

Mexico CTA is a group of teachers and staff members who work for the school district. Any employee can be a member of the local CTA. The annual dues are $15, which help fund small incentives and gifts for building leaders and other staff awards. Each year the CTA helps welcome new teachers as part of the New Teacher Training and, over the past two years, have started working in conjunction with the District Steering Committee on issues of building culture, discipline, staff retention, and substitute shortages.

This past November, a Mexico CTA member and MSTA District Delegate was chosen to present at the annual Missouri State Teachers’ Association Convention in Columbia, Missouri. Jami Williams from Mexico High School presented to a standing room only crowd on “Surviving Yourself,” an amazing breakout on what teachers can do to prevent burnout and re-find the love of teaching that we all have deep within us. 

Sarah Keithley, Oliver Brilhante, and Jami Williams have represented Mexico Schools and local CTA for several years at the annual MSTA Convention and MSTA’s Northeast Region Capital Day. If you have a desire to know more about the local CTA or want to learn about becoming a district delegate, please contact Sarah to get started.