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11/27/2013 10:30:00 AM
Hands-on Thanksgiving: Kindergartens prepare feast


Cathy Smudzinski, a kindergarten teacher at Northwest School in La Salle, brings out turkey to kindergarteners in the school cafeteria Tuesday. The students prepared the stuffing, mashed potatoes and pies with kindergarten teachers at the school. The school has been doing the event for approximately 10 years.NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
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Cathy Smudzinski, a kindergarten teacher at Northwest School in La Salle, brings out turkey to kindergarteners in the school cafeteria Tuesday. The students prepared the stuffing, mashed potatoes and pies with kindergarten teachers at the school. The school has been doing the event for approximately 10 years.

NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
Rachel Stella
Media Editor



Kindergarten students at Northwest Elementary School enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal Tuesday that they helped to prepare.

Each of the five kindergarten classes made pumpkin pie, cornbread, stuffing, fruit salad and butter Monday, according to teacher Lindy Wagner. Turkey was served. They ate at 9:30 a.m. — an addition to their usual lunch at 11:15, Wagner said.

“They’re going to eat now, and they’re going to eat later, so we’re really feasting today,” Wagner said.

The tradition of making Thanksgiving food at Northwest has been around for about 10 years, said teacher Cathy Smudzinski.

“The kids got to make all of the stuff; they literally had their hands in it,” Smudzinski said. “They all got to make everything.”

Around 115 kindergartners, wearing paper hats, collars, bonnets and headbands evoking Pilgrim and Native American costumes, sat at two long tables in the cafeteria and ate the food they had made.

Each of them had written their names, as well as listed things they were thankful for, on paper placemats.

Kindergartner Luke said his favorite Thanksgiving food was apples.

“I love apple pie,” he said. For Thanksgiving, he was looking forward to “a Thanksgiving party.”

Across the table, kindergartner Isaac said, “I like pineapples — and turkey.” For Thanksgiving, he will be “looking for my new train set — even though I lost it, I’m thankful for it.”

After everyone had mostly finished eating, one of the teachers had the students run through the songs “I’m a Little Turkey” and “Five Little Turkeys Sitting on a Fence” in preparation for a singing program they were putting on for their parents later that day.












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