'Thankful for all that we have'
Students throughout Lake Oswego learn lessons of Thanksgiving history, gratitude and harvesting
Lucy Chollman learned more last week than any of the rest of us ever will.
Im learning about everything, the Lake Grove Elementary kindergartener announced.
Lucy had just finished making a bracelet at one of several educational stations spread throughout Lake Groves gym before a special Thanksgiving feast. Her father, Bill Chollman, said one station taught the children to identify different food products and whether you hunt, fish or grow them.
But the kids learned all that in a fun, kindergarten-esque way. Volunteer Fred Fischers son, Keith, looked up from a station and smiled beatifically, saying softly, Were coloring.
The annual event offers a cornucopia of lessons surrounding thankfulness and the harvest season. Other schools throughout Lake Oswego offer similar activities. The events arrive just in time for the November season of counting blessings and remembering the first Thanksgiving, when Native Americans offered food to undernourished pilgrims.
Melissa Crist was one among a quartet of teachers organizing the event for the four kindergarten classes at Lake Grove, with the help of several educational assistants and dozens of volunteers. As the children moved from table to table, they had the opportunity to interact with many adults they didnt normally see. It was beneficial for them to experience different teaching styles and engage in hands-on learning, Crist said.
Theyre just bubbling with excitement, she said.
Fischer said he was glad to be a part of it.
Im all about doing anything I can do to help further my kids education, he said while keeping an eye on Keith and his twin sister, Alana. Its fun to be with little kids.
The Lake Grove kindergarteners counterparts at Hallinan Elementary also sat down to a celebratory, educational feast, which featured a musical interlude of Go My Son.
This is a treasured event at Hallinan! Principal Sara Deboy said. Right from the beginning, we work to instill a sense of gratitude and thankfulness in our students. This is a great opportunity for our youngest to be examples for all of us. And the singing is pretty cute.
Over at Lake Grove, Principal Carol Whitten said there are myriad lessons for the little ones to learn, including living in a fine community that cares about its smallest residents.
Its important for them to realize and be thankful for all that we have, Whitten said.
Lucy and Keith definitely absorbed that lesson.
Im thankful for my teacher and Santa, Lucy said.
My family, Keith said, looking up at his dad.