Thanksgiving came a little early for the kindergartners at Harrison Elementary.
The students held the school’s annual Thanksgiving feast Wednesday.
For more than 15 years, it’s been a rite of passage for every kindergartner at Harrison. The youngsters host the event for their parents, grandparents and close relatives. The children bring the finger foods and decorate the gym and the turkey is provided by the cafeteria.
“It’s a special time for the children,” said kindergarten teacher Lisa Roberts. “They get to be thankful for their families and for the time to be with them.”
The anticipation has been bubbling within the kids for the past couple of weeks. Finally, Wednesday arrived.
Just an hour before the big event, Roberts rounded the students to the colorful rug in the classroom to read a book, “Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving.”
With the turn of the final page, and with the Thanksgiving spirit at an all-time high, it was finally time to decorate.
Inside the school gym, tables sat covered with colorful paper.
Yellow, white, orange.
The table tops were blank canvases for the children to sketch their favorite things about Thanksgiving.
Taite Knapp gripped a brown crayon as he traced his left hand. Add a couple of claws and a beak and a turkey appears.
Nearby, Eva Erickson sketched out her own hand-turkey. The classmates discussed which holiday food was best. Knapp likes the turkey but Erickson says banana bread is better.
In the middle of the room were tables lined in a giant “T” shape. Soon it would be filled with grapes, chips, cookies, cupcakes and turkey.
The walls were lined with the turkey-themed art projects glued together that week. In the middle of each table sat a 3-D turkey made of paper.
Sitting at a yellow paper-covered table, Micayla Caughey added eyes to her elaborate turkey drawing. She was looking forward to playing games with her cousin the next day.
Pheobe Hawk decided to be different with her art and draw a daisy. After all, she loves flowers.
Hawk says she’s never tasted turkey before, but she might try it this year.
As the final student finished her holiday drawing, the collective masterpiece was complete.
A sea of hand-traced turkeys welcomed families as they sat down to eat.
The kindergartners finally got a taste of the much-anticipated Thanksgiving feast.