"I'm thankful for everyone who is fighting for us in the war in Iraq. On Thanksgiving my family has a party in the garage. We eat turkey, cranberries and sweet potatoes. After two bites my cousins and I run around the garage and drive the parents crazy."
-Stephanie Cluever, Little Falls third-grader
"I'm thankful for my fish, Marshall. This is only his second Thanksgiving with my family. I love him. He is a cute fish. No matter what size his bowl is he is the best fish ever."
-Joshua Warren, Pillager fifth-grader
Stephanie Cluever, Joshua Warren, Whitney Marchwick, Codi Jo Bumgarner and Jacob Duscher
"One thing I'm thankful for is my family because they love me and stick up for me. Another thing I'm thankful for is my friends because they like me a lot and are always there for me."
-Codi Jo Bumgarner, Pine River fourth-grader
"I go to my grandma's and have turkey. We have crandberry, stuffing, mash potatoes, chicken, ham. The most thing I like of all is ham and turkey, plus chicken. I do not get to go turkey hunting my grandpa shot one deer last year."
-Jacob Duscher, Little Falls third-grader
"I am thankful for food and a new house for me to live in. I am tankful for a new baby sister, a nice brother, my mom and my dad, my older sister and my grandparents. ... I am thankful for the time I get to spend at the table eating cookies!"
-McKenzie Dale, Pequot Lakes second-grader
"I am thankful for honey baked ham and hot dogs. Dont forget life. That's the best thing of all. Freedom is pitty good too. I am thankful for my puppies and my family too."
-Drake Nicholas, Pequot Lakes second-grader
McKenzie Dale, Drake Nicholas, Andrew Winter, Trevor Dukowitz and Alyssa Thompson
"I'm thankful for life. Because without life I would not be here writing this today. Without life I'd be dead, forgotten, unseen, a shadow in the darkness, a figment of nothing, someone out of a dream, or never born."
-Andrew Winter, Pillager fifth-grader
"I'm also thankful for my big brother. Because he is there when I need him. Like on Friday nights when football is going he takes me to them. I am also thankful for who killed the turkey for Thanksgiving."
-Trevor Dukowitz, Pillager fifth-grader
"Thanksgiving is when we get together and celebrate what we have. It is once a year. My cousins and I play. It's very fun. We have lots of good food. My mom doesn't teach piano on Thanksgiving and my dad doesn't go to work."
-Alyssa Thompson, Little Falls third-grader
"I am most thankful for family and friends. Thanksgiving is a lot more fun with family and friends. The turkey is a lot more juicy."
-Waylon Campbell, Pine River fourth-grader
"I am thankful for my rat, Sally, and my family. My mom takes care of me, and my dad plays with me, and lets me help him on our farm."
-Luke Roubal, Pine River fourth-grader
Waylon Campbell, Luke Roubal, Jackie Brine-Doyle, Meghan Wheeler and Tangie Woitalla
"I am thankful for freedom, life, the country, my family, my faith, my teacher, my pet rabbit, friends, my home, my aunts and uncles and food."
-Jackie Brine-Doyle, Pequot Lakes second-grader
"One thing I am thankful for is my family. They are always nice and supportive to me. My grandma is so sweet and my grandpa is funny."
-Meghan Wheeler, Pine River fourth-grader
"We eat big feast. It is a very good supper and sometimes we play cards. ... Everyone brings their own food and we all share it together."
-Tangie Woitalla, Little Falls third-grader
"I'm thankful for our country and state. I'm thankful for animals because they love me and you. You should be thankful for your mom, dad, brothers, sisters and school because you learn to read and write. You can't forget your life too. I'm pretty thankful for everything."
-Whitney Marchwick, Pequot Lakes second-grader
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