LA MIRADA – Thanksgiving came early this year, as it always does for the Foster Road Elementary School community – at least, as it has for the last seven years.The school held its eighth annual community feast for about 650 people on Tuesday – a dinner of turkey, potatoes and vegetables. But dessert was the celebration of the the modernization project that has brought air conditioning, white boards and new windows to the classrooms.Both the feast and the modernization are worth celebrating, said parent Araceli Manzo, who has two sons attending Foster Road.“It’s great that community gets together,” Manzo said. “We get to know the teachers. It also produces good family values. You’re bonding with your children.”And the $4.2 million improvement project, which also includes a new media center and renovation of the rest rooms, is just icing on the cake, she said.“The air conditioning is great,” she said. “The children will feel better on a hot summer day.”Foster Road is among six schools in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District where modernization has been completed.The work is being paid from a $165 million bond issue voters authorized in November 2002 and $85 million in state matching funds.The district has been holding celebrations at each school where modernization has been completed, but Foster Road combined that with its annual free Thanksgiving feast.“It’s our way of thanking everybody for supporting us,” Principal Jean Maddox said of the feast.La Mirada city donated the turkeys, the school staff donated vegetables and the PTA donated the potatoes, Maddox said.The feast also brings the community together, said parent Teresa Gonzalez.“I get to see a lot of people I don’t see every day,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a time to get together. I love it.”The new classrooms also were a hit with parents and students.“I like the air conditioning,” said fourth-grader Mustafa Aly, 9. “When it gets hot, you can turn it on.” [email protected](562)698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!