Students celebrate Thanksgiving


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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Massimo Furr and his dad, Fred, waited to help themselves to the Thanksgiving Feast at St. Luke’s Early Childhood Learning Center Nov. 25.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker. Head teacher Cindy Hritz’s, (back left), and assistant teacher Shelia Dunlap’s pre-kindergarten class prepared for the St. Luke’s Early Childhood Learning Center’s annual Thanksgiving Feast by making construction paper American Indian hats to wear to the feast Nov. 25.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Jill Schiavello and her son, Joseph, enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal at St. Luke’s Early Childhood Learning Center’s annual Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 25.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Students at St. Luke’s Early Childhood Learning Center and their families got a jump on celebrating Thanksgiving during the school’s annual Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 25.

The students in the two pre-kindergarten classes and transitional kindergarten class invited their families to join them at school to enjoy a traditional thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.

To prepare for the day, students made Thanksgiving crafts, such as bead pumpkins, scarecrows, construction paper turkeys, painted brown bag pumpkins with a leaf, which stated what the student was thankful for, and placemats with clay turkeys.

The crafts were placed on the tables to show where a student and his or her family would sit for the meal.

The walls of the hallways were also decorated with Thanksgiving-themed crafts.

While Antone’s catered all the trimmings of the meal, teacher Shelley Sikich took care of the turkeys.

“Our teacher Shelley Sikich cooked three 23-pound turkeys for the meal, which were donated by Henry Nemenz,” said Ann St. George, director of St. Luke’s Early Childhood Learning Center.

After the meal, the students performed a program of songs for their guests.

“The students have been practicing very hard for their program. They have been talking about the true meaning of Thanksgiving, which is families. This is families coming together for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. It is a time to come together as a real community,” St. George said.

The students also sported construction paper hats they had made in class, including boy and girl pilgrim hats, turkey hats and American Indian hats.

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