Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College recently hosted the annual Community Appreciation Day dinner as part of the King Coal Festival in Williamson, school officials said this week.
Officials said the dinner has been a staple in the Williamson community for more than 30 years, and is a way for Southern to reach out to one of the communities it serves.
Southern’s Interim President, Samuel Litteral, was on hand for the festivities, and emphasized the day’s importance.
“Of course, the King Coal Festival is a staple in our area, and always gives folks the chance to have a lot of fun and visit,” Litteral said. “This community appreciation dinner is a way for us to thank the community for always supporting this college, and to celebrate the history we all share together.”
The assembled crowd had a traditional meal of pinto beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, sauerkraut and wieners, as well as drinks and desert, all provided by Rusty’s Diner, located on the Williamson campus.
Local musicians also shared their talents with the crowd, officials said.
“This day is way for us to thank the community for being a part of Southern,” Perry Jobe, Director of Campus Operations on the Williamson campus, said.
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