Students prepare Thanksgiving feast
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Sat., Nov. 19, 2011
The first-graders at Washington Media Arts Magnet School in Manchester gathered together on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to share in a Thanksgiving feast and ceremony. The students prepared the food, created the table centerpieces, made their head-dresses, and practiced their performances.
“We just wanted the kids to come together and experience a Thanksgiving dinner together,” said first-grade teacher Greg Carabillo. Over the past 12 years of offering the Thanksgiving feast at the school, Carabillo said he has noted that many of the children do not experience a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at home. “We get a great turn-out from the parents,” said Carabillo.
“We started at 10 a.m. today,” said Jennifer Smyth, also a first-grade teacher, “and our room became a little kitchen.” The children were responsible for peeling the potatoes, slicing the vegetables, mixing the cornbread and preparing the pumpkin pie. “The whole point of this is coming together as a community.”
“We incorporated a lot of measuring,” added Washington’s third first-grade teacher, Cecilia Sabatelli. It was an opportunity for the children to utilize school skills, such as reading directions and using math, for a fun activity. “It’s memorable,” Sabatelli said.
“I liked the baking,” said Kimani.
Funding for the Thanksgiving feast was made possible by Jennifer Braese, PTA president, who solicited donations from CCC Feed Company, MCM Fundraising, Walmart, Stop & Shop, Shop Rite, Sam’s Club and Big Y. “They were more than willing to donate,” said Braese. “This is all happening because of business donations.”
“It was fun,” said Hillary about preparing the food. “We got to use the mixer.”
Assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction Dr. Ann Richardson opened the evening’s festivities by asking the children to think about all that they are thankful for. Many of the children said they were most thankful for their families. The children then sang songs and read poems before enjoying the feast.
“The food is the best part,” said Isaiah.