Stadium second-grade students celebrate Thanksgiving


Neighbors | Tim Cleveland.Stadium Drive Elementary School second-grade students wore their American Indian feathers and posed next to a teepee during the Thanksgiving feast.


Neighbors | Tim Cleveland.A Stadium Drive Elementary School second-grade student got some help in selecting her food during the Thanksgiving feast.


Neighbors | Tim Cleveland.Parent volunteers got the food ready for Stadium Drive Elementary School's Thanksgiving feast for second-grade students.


Neighbors | Tim Cleveland.Stadium Drive Elementary School second-grade students wore their American Indian feathers and pilgrim hats for the school's Thanksgiving feast.


As part of Stadium Drive’s school-wide Thanksgiving celebration on Nov. 25, Debbie Seifert’s 19-student second-grade class had a Thanksgiving feast and several activities to celebrate the holiday a couple days early.

The school has been doing a Thanksgiving event for many years.

“I’ve been her for 13 years, so this is my 13th year,” Seifert said. “Other teachers that have been have just done it since they’ve started.”

Seifert said the students would eat many different kinds of food during the feast.

“We are going to have a feast,” she said. “Ours is just a little more tradition from what the Indians had so we don’t have mashed potatoes and stuffing. We have dried fruit, apples, corn, some beans. We do have turkey, but it’s a deli turkey.

“We have some pumpkin pies and different things they didn’t traditionally have at the feast.”

In addition to the feast, the children did several other activities for the event.

“The boys and girls have made place mats, they did weaving, they made Indian headbands and pilgrim hats because we’ve been learning about the first Thanksgiving in our social studies unit,” Seifert said. “After we eat they’ll go to stations. They’ll play some jacks, marbles, pumpkin hockey, corn dropping, so games that they wouldn’t normally play, but so they can see the pilgrims and the Indians had to just take what they had in nature tom play games. They couldn’t play football with a real football.”

The children also made thank you cards and listened to a story called “Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving.”

“It’s similar to ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’” Seifert said.

One of Seifert’s students was Mason Nawrocki. He was looking forward to eating the food.

“It’ll probably be fun and yummy food,” he said.

He also noted some of the lessons he learned about the first Thanksgiving.

“The pilgrims, the Indians, how they celebrated after the first Thanksgiving and they played games after they ate and they hunted and they played shooting games,” he said.

Seifert said she wanted the children to learn about the hardships the pilgrims and American Indians had to go through back then, as well.

“Mostly that they can see how things have changed,” she said. “One of our standards is comparing the present to the past and how Thanksgiving does have some similarities to the first Thanksgiving in the 1600s but also how there’s many differences and it was a lot harder back then and now we just go to Giant Eagle and buy all of our food. We don’t have to hunt and pick it and plant it.”

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