Cedar Hill students celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving feast teaches a lesson in community

Fifth-grader Max Allen, right, looks over the buffet table after he and fellow members of Melissa Renfro’s class sampled traditional foods such as venison, turkey, fish, cucumbers, radishes, salad, rolls and honey during a Thanksgiving feast Tuesday at Cedar Hill Elementary School.

Fifth-grader Max Allen, right, looks over the buffet table after he and fellow members of Melissa Renfro’s class sampled traditional foods such as venison, turkey, fish, cucumbers, radishes, salad, rolls and honey during a Thanksgiving feast Tuesday at Cedar Hill Elementary School. Photo by Kelley McCall.

Seated along narrow kindergarten tables end to end, fifth-graders wearing construction paper headdresses and white Colonial bonnets were served a Thanksgiving feast.

“The pilgrims and the Indians (may have) sat like this,” said Cedar Hill Elementary School teacher Melissa Renfro to her students, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the turkey. “It was potluck, and they all contributed.”

When Abbey Barrett’s dad, David, arrived with the bird, she successfully brought back a leg to her seat — it’s what she eats at their family’s Thanksgiving meal, too, she said.

“It’s important our cultural traditions are getting passed on to another generation of kids,” David Barrett said. “To me, part of the tradition is doing things at the school.”

A tradition at Cedar Hill Elementary School, the classrooms held their celebrations separately this year, as last year they blew a circuit breaker with all the crock pots in the same area, Renfro said.

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The fifth-grade social studies curriculum begins with Native Americans and ends at the Revolutionary War.

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