SPRINGFIELD TWP. Young kindergarten teachers Christie Hubert and Jennifer Hoskin at celebrated a Thanksgiving feast with their students Nov. 27.
Walking into the school, there was no aroma of turkey roasting, stuffing, green bean casserole or pumpkin pies baking. None of those traditional smells were present. Was dinner canceled? Maybe it was the wrong time? Dinner was not canceled, and it was the correct time. It turned out that this dinner or Thanksgiving feast was made up of each student bringing their favorite food item for the feast.
Hubert said she used to make a traditional Thanksgiving feast with her students and found they would not eat it. Her alternative idea was to allow the students to bring in their favorite foods and share with the classes.
The Kindergarten "Feast" so to speak, would have certainly shocked the Pilgrims and Native Americans. What would these early American’s have thought of a feast of Oreos, doughnuts, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies and, of all things – pepperoni and cheese sticks?
But the selection did not end there as there were rainbow Gold Fish, marshmallows, pizza, popcorn and about any snack that comes in a box, bag or the first ingredient is sugar.
Maybe the only food that could pass as Thanksgiving dinner were the oranges one student brought and the mac and cheese that was the favorite of another.
Hubert said they talked in class about how friends came together for the meal and talked about being thankful for things. The students made hats and placemats for their special meal.
Max Meffert brought pepperoni because he said he likes spices. He also liked the oranges and brownies. He didn’t learn much in class about Thanksgiving.
"You know what I do is just watch Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving," he said. "I guess that would be the modern day cliffs notes."
Kira Pritchard brought chocolate and vanilla cupcakes for her favorite thing because it was her birthday. She also has another favorite food – ice cream.
It was also Jaxon Ritterbeck’s birthday and he brought his favorite food, brownies. When asked if he had other favorite foods, he said, "No."
For those of you that don’t know, there is a trick that can be done with Oreos. If you squeeze them real tight, they get bigger and bigger. That tip was thanks to a student named Lorenzo.
Logan Metko brought chocolate pudding. He also likes pepperoni pizza – and that’s it. He said that they did learn about Thanksgiving and then he continued to tell the riveting story of how it was very windy outside, and he was playing jacks "and, and, and that’s it."
The students had a special treat as Reader’s Theater came in to tell the students the story of "Crow’s Potlatch." A hush came over the room when the readers, Isaiah Kellar, Amiah White, Caleb Walberg and Timothy Dickerson, began to tell the story. The only thing that could be heard from the kindergartners was a somewhat quiet munching sound in total unison.
Eventually, Max, with a prompting from Hubert, seemed to remember what he learned about kids from long ago. He said the girls played with homemade dolls and the kids had to do a lot of jobs. One was that they had to help their parents pick the crops. Hubert said to Max that the kids from long ago had a job he helps with at home and asked what it was. Max said he helps to collect the eggs and sometimes milks the cows. He also said that the kids from long ago wore homemade clothes because there were no stores back then.
The kids all enjoyed sharing their favorite foods and were thankful that everyone brought in their favorite foods especially cookies, cupcakes and all those sugary treats.