Poland kindergarten students have Thanksgiving feast, balloon parade
Poland Central School District kindergarten students sit down for their annual Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday, Nov. 23, in the school cafeteria. Additional photos will be posted on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PolandCSD.
POLAND – Poland Central School District kindergarten students continued one long-standing Thanksgiving tradition and started a new one.
The kindergarten classes had their annual Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday, Nov. 23, and for the first time, designed balloons inspired by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and had their own parade around school.
Kindergarten teachers Julie Dutcher and Carrie Roark said that after the Thanksgiving feast had to take place in separate classrooms last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, they were happy to find a way to safely bring the event back to the school cafeteria this year.
“They’re very happy to be back with their friends again and able to move around,” Dutcher said. “You have to give the students something to look forward to and some sense of normalcy and fun again, and this is a way we chose to do that.”
Kindergarten students learned about Native Americans, Pilgrims and how and why the first Thanksgiving took place, and the kindergarten Thanksgiving feast involved each student bringing in one food item to share with the group.
“I think it’s important for them to see how everyone brings something to the feast and to be thankful for each other,” Roark said. “It’s an important time for friendship, kindness and togetherness.”
It was nice that both classes could be in one place this year, Roark said.
“Luckily, we can be back in here this year with the other kindergarten students,” she said.
The kindergarten classes also baked bread and made their own butter on Monday, Nov. 22, with the bread cooking in the cafeteria ovens to be ready for the feast.
Before sitting down for their meal, the students, who were dressed in turkey outfits made out of paper, performed a dance to go along with the song “Pow Wow” by Jack Hartmann.
Kindergarten students had learned about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade by reading in “Scholastic News” about how the floats are designed and created, so the teachers decided to let their students design and create their own decorated balloons for a parade this year.
Students spent a lot of time working on their designs and putting their balloons together, the teachers said.
“That turned out great,” Dutcher said. “They loved it.”
Poland Central School District kindergarten students put on a performance and dance to the song “Pow Wow” by Jack Hartmann” before their annual Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday, Nov. 23, in the school cafeteria. Additional photos will be posted on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PolandCSD.