OCEAN PARK — There’s a lot to know about Thanksgiving. So the Observer enlisted the help of first-and-second-graders in Ms. (Michele) Frace’s class at Ocean Park Elementary School. They gave us a tell-all.
What’s really important to know for Thanksgiving?
“That it’s a feast! My dad taught me to eat an entire turkey leg when I was 4. It’s like a big chicken leg.”
— Colton Wiegardt, 7.
Why do we have this day off from school and work?
“To celebrate, of course. When the Pilgrims came, they had a feast to thank God because of the big harvest. One reason is they wouldn’t have corn without Squanto.”
— Kai Wiegardt, 8.
What can you tell us about this so-called turkey day?
“Turkeys don’t have a hat. They’re supposed to look like a regular turkey. My Thanksgiving stuff is if I ask someone to play with me and they say, ‘Yes,’ or ‘No, thank you.’ That means you have to be polite and do nice stuff.”
— Matthew McNeal Shoemaker, 7
What’s Thanksgiving all about?
“I know that you eat a turkey. But I don’t really like eating turkey. Because it’s an animal and stuff.”
— Rowyn Bresnahan, 7.
Where do you go for dinner?
“I don’t stay at home. I go to my grandma’s. She kills the turkey, then she gets all the feathers off and then she cooks it. It only takes like an hour.”
— Jayden Denton, 7.
What do you like to eat at Thanksgiving dinner?
“Chips. Doritos and hot Cheetos.”
— Mora Cunningham, 7.
What does your family like to do on for the holiday?
“I don’t know what we’re gonna do, but we are gonna eat at supper time. My sister’s dog, she loves food. She wants all the meat.”
— Kasen Linthakhan, 7.
What happens after dinner when all the food and dirty dishes are left over from that big meal?
“My mom has to wash them by hand because her dishwasher broke. My dad and my poppa, they just watch cool movies on the TV. Oh yeah, also, we have some special pie. And ice cream.”
— Aila Soule, 6.
What’s the best part of Thanksgiving?
“That we eat a turkey. And that God gives us food.”
— Micah Scheer, 7.
Can you tell us about something you found interesting about the holiday?
“We’re learning about a cornucopia. It’s called a horn of plenty. And it’s never empty.”
— Santino Accuardi, 7.
Are you thankful for anything this year?
“My cat and my dog. And my rat, Archibald Flannery Hardwick.”
— Abigail Smith, 6.