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Shirley Hills Kindergartners Celebrate Thanksgiving

Students Celebrate Thanksgiving

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December 5, 2019 — Shirley Hills Primary School kindergartners enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast together Dec. 2 to celebrate friendship and thankfulness. The feast was preceded by a viewing of Charles Schultz’s “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” Students embraced the message that what truly matters is celebrating the holiday together, regardless of the meal.

In the story, Charlie Brown is preparing to go to his grandmother's for Thanksgiving dinner when he gets a phone call from Peppermint Patty, who invites herself and some friends over to Charlie Brown's house for the holiday dinner. Charlie Brown says he cannot make a Thanksgiving dinner. He says that all he knows how to make is "cold cereal and maybe toast.” Regardless, he enlists some help and serves up a feast that includes buttered toast, pretzel sticks, popcorn, jelly beans and an ice cream sundae. Following some outrage at the non-traditional meal, Charlie Brown’s grandmother invites them all to Thanksgiving dinner, which is welcomed with cheers from everyone.

The Shirley Hills students also read the story "Stone Soup" and prepared their own version for the feast, while the kindergarten teachers picked food that closely resembled Charlie Brown’s holiday meal.

“We talked about being thankful and spending time with loved ones,” said kindergarten teacher Beth Hauslauden. “We spent a lot of time talking about the people, places and things that we are thankful for this time of year. So many of our kindergartners shared how thankful they are for their families!”

As they shared their Thanksgiving feast together, students celebrated the stories’ messages of sharing, togetherness and thankfulness.