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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The faculty and students of the University of West Kentucky spent part of their holiday week preparing a tool for international students to enjoy.

This is the fifth year that the school helps coordinate this meal for students from other countries.

Most students go home for Thanksgiving, but most international students cannot.

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday that most countries do not celebrate, so for some of these students, this was their first Thanksgiving holiday.

A professor, Julie Lee, organized a Thanksgiving meal for WKU international students to enjoy along with several other students and faculty volunteers.

I realized that no one here on Thanksgiving Day except mostly international students and some athletes. They have no cars here. Usually can not go home. Sometimes college or a friend will invite them for Thanksgiving, but many times they remain stuck on campus. There is no food on Thursday. There are no buses on Thursday or Friday, so they have stalled, Lee said.

One of those volunteers, Terrence Taylor, stayed on campus for the holiday and decided to help with the cooking.

I like to help when it comes to the culinary arts and just give and help people. They are just stuck on campus like me and I just want to be able to make them feel at home and make them feel left out or nothing, Taylor said.

One student, Christian Koko is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This was his second Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

Campus seems silent and no one here. But at least we do not feel alone because there are people who care about us who organized something to make international students feel at home, even though they are far from home, Koko said.

Koko said she tried some new foods at the meeting and enjoyed it.

The food is really good and gave us the opportunity to taste and taste American food. I tried cornbread. It’s really good and sweet. We have corn, but we cook it like pasta, but here we have bread. We have it as a meal, we have it as a cake, said Koko.

Lee and other volunteers began preparing the meal on Tuesday.

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