Lessons in Thanksgiving

New Bloomfield kindergarteners share what they learned about the pilgrims, what they are grateful for this holiday

(From left to right) Addison Carr, 5, and Brooklyn Garriott, 6, scoop the whip cream from their pumpkin pies and spread it across their upper lips to mimic moustaches at the New Bloomfield kindergarten Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday. Parents and teachers served the children turkey, mashed potatoes and classic Thanksgiving food at the elementary school. The New Bloomfield kindergarten Thanksgiving feast is a tradition at the school.

(From left to right) Addison Carr, 5, and Brooklyn Garriott, 6, scoop the whip cream from their pumpkin pies and spread it across their upper lips to mimic moustaches at the New Bloomfield kindergarten Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday. Parents and teachers served the children turkey, mashed potatoes and classic Thanksgiving food at the elementary school. The New Bloomfield kindergarten Thanksgiving feast is a tradition at the school. Photo by Brittany Ruess.

— Kindergartners at New Bloomfield Elementary got an early start on the Thanksgiving holiday Tuesday afternoon.

Sixty eager young pilgrims and Native Americans took part in the school’s annual Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast.

As the paper costume-bedecked students enjoyed turkey and all the trimmings prepared by their parents, they shared what they had learned about the first Thanksgiving as well as what they are most thankful for this year.

Owen Dorsey said his favorite thing about the lessons leading up to the feast was learning about the Mayflower and making necklaces out of pasta (in place of wampum).

Dorsey’s favorite part of Thanksgiving is “eating turkey.”

Ellie McCabe said she also enjoyed learning about the pilgrims’ ship and “how long the trip was.”

“I like eating pie,” McCabe added, noting that pumpkin is her favorite for the holiday. “I’m thankful for seeing everybody for Thanksgiving.”

Classmate Myah Briggs said she liked learning the name of the Mayflower “because I didn’t know it before.” Briggs said she also learned that the pilgrims left England for the New World “because they wanted to see what was on the other side.”

“My favorite part of Thanksgiving is that my aunt and uncles come over,” Briggs said, adding that this year she is grateful for “my baby brother, Colby.”

Like the others, Tiauna Friend said the most interesting thing she learned about the pilgrims was “that they sailed a ship.”

Friend said her favorite part of Thanksgiving is “that you get to have pie” and “that we get to have it all together.”

Donovan Ostberg said the thing he most liked about the history lessons was learning the pilgrims lived in straw houses they built themselves.

Ostberg said he is thankful for his brother, Dorian, this year, and that “we get to play.”

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