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Celebrating Thanksgiving in LO schools

Elementary children decorate and dine at holiday events

Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - River Grove second-grader Hannah Koh puts the finishing touches on her turkey.Remember tracing your hand in grade school to make a turkey?

Well, elementary schools these days — at least here in Lake Oswego — offer more elaborate celebrations and more in-depth study of Native Americans, the pilgrims’ benefactors on the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

Some schools offered lively feasts with students dressed as pilgrims or Native Americans, while others held music events. One tradition remains constant, though, and that’s holiday crafts. Yet each local elementary school marked the holiday in its own way.Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Forest Hills students created papier mache turkeys with googly eyes and brightly colored feathers.

Forest Hills: A sample of the fun at the home of the Falcons includes kindergarteners creating cone-like hats with turkeys on them and then parading through the school singing “Gobble Gobble (The Thanksgiving Song).” Teachers Molly Mattson Stephan and Alison Bertrand helped their students create papier mache turkeys, which sported googly eyes and brightly colored feathers and wore yellow hats. Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Hallinan kindergartener Brix William gets ready to enjoy treats during a Thanksgiving celebration at her school.

Hallinan: Three kindergarten classes performed a traditional Native American Thanksgiving song called “Go My Son.” Parents attended and cheered on the students, whose voices filled the halls of their school.Photo Credit: REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Grove Elementary students always knew how to prep for a party, even all the way back in 2012 when Mark Wong was in kindergarten weaving a placemat in preparation for a Thanksgiving feast.

Lake Grove: Activities included the two kindergarten classes taking part in their annual Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday in the school gym. In addition, the fifth-graders are leading a toy drive for children in need, in the spirit of holiday giving. Donations will be accepted from Dec. 1-5 at the school, 15777 Boones Ferry Road.Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Oak Creek teacher Tara Wangen's Pathways students show off their holiday costumes, from left: (back row) Lucie Williams, Grace Kast, Elise Globisch, Gunnar Heaton; and (front row) Max Owens, Manaswini Sura.

Oak Creek: Tara Wangen’s Pathways third- to fifth-grade students wielded colored paper to render colorful turkey hats. This resulted in the irresistible temptation to transform into turkeys, hands on hips in classic human-turkey style.Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Riverdale student Samantha Wong colors her Thanksgiving project.

River Grove: Children at River Grove crafted their little hearts out, whipping up a happy turkey using a small, white bag; clear tape; and carefully colored components: turkey face, wattle, feet and tail-feathers.Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Westridge kindergarten teacher Kelly Troike's students dress as pilgrims in honor of Thanksgiving.

Westridge: Depending on the class they were in, students fashioned costumes that included: turkey heads, Native American headdresses, or pilgrim colors and hats. A meal featuring slices of turkey and mashed potatoes was another highlight.

By Jillian Daley
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