By Kayla Carter
As the amount of material students are being asked to learn increases, Carter County elementary school principals say they’re thankful to find teachers are able to continue including a celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday in their curriculums.
Happy Valley Elementary School Assistant Principal Lisa Ensor expounded on the importance of including the Thanksgiving topic in all schools.
“Most of the activities are still academic and we bring in some of the Thanksgiving themes,” she said. “Any time that we can relate things to students’ lives and their family traditions, it helps to reinforce their learning.”
Ensor said it looked like a bunch of turkeys were roaming Happy Valley’s halls Tuesday after students spent time on projects like making feathered headbands.
“One third-grade class used paint sample strips for the feathers,” Ensor said. “Then they wrote synonyms and antonyms on them.”
What about some of the fun exercises that kindergarten classes were asked to do? They disguised a turkey named Tom, so he wouldn’t be eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. They also made Rice Krispie treat turkeys for a snack.
Lori Langlois, a third-grade teacher at Keenburg Elementary School, also had students make a holiday treat, but her project included fudge-striped cookies and candy corn.
She also wore a turkey hat all day to promote the Thanksgiving theme.