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Schools Celebrate Thanksgiving
Schools Celebrate Thanksgiving
Posted on 11/23/2017
A poster with the word "THANKFUL" and leaves that list things for which students are thankful.EMMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

On the last day of school before Thanksgiving Break, Emma Elementary School kindergarten teacher Lauri Burton used the holiday to teach her students about leadership.

The children danced and played games, but they also worked in groups to color and cut out paper mock-ups of Native American and Pilgrim clothing.

“It’s teaching history and how people can work together and get along,” Burton said. “We’re teaching leadership qualities like sharing and being proactive.”

Emma Elementary is a Leader in Me School, meaning every class incorporates the Seven Habits of Happy Kids: be proactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win; seek first to understand, then to be understood; synergize; and sharpen the saw.

“When we learn about the Thanksgiving story, we see those qualities,” Burton said.


Kindergarten students dove into history in Heather Ingle’s class at Woodfin Elementary School on Tuesday.

They looked at the similarities and differences between children of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians, the two people groups who shared the first Thanksgiving feast.

“They had a lot in common,” she said. “They both played games and helped grow crops.”

Ingle said she hopes her lesson taught her students the value of cooperation.

“That’s part of the origin of the holiday,” she said, “how they worked together.”


Leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, the halls of Estes Elementary were adorned with messages of fall and thankfulness. One board included a large number of reasons to be thankful, handwritten and assembled by students.

In Ms. Payne and Ms. Hayne's kindergarten classroom, students played the "Turkey Game" and wore their traditional decorations. Students hid while Ms. Payne quietly moved around the room and tried to "catch" the next turkey, after which all of the students sang a song together.

In the classroom of Ms. Schultz and Ms. Lee, students worked hard to construct their own seafaring vessels. Trust us, the Mayflower never looked so good!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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