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Brief: Celebrating Thanksgiving at Churchill Road

Churchill Road first graders in David Suchoski’s class are proud of the Pilgrim hats that they made as part of their lesson on the first Thanksgiving.

Churchill Road first graders in David Suchoski’s class are proud of the Pilgrim hats that they made as part of their lesson on the first Thanksgiving. Photo by Kim Moran

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Churchill Road first graders Raka Adakroy and Ingrid Coleman in Robyn Fry’s class help themselves to a special Thanksgiving luncheon.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, Churchill Road students celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday by learning how the Pilgrims and Native Americans lived, and enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Students in all three first grade classes made Pilgrim hats and wrote about what they were thankful for. First grader Luke Greehan was thankful for “the earth because it gives me life,” while classmate Raka Adakroy was thankful for “her father because he taught me how to ride a two-wheel bike and her mother because she cooks the food.”

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Churchill Road’s Thanksgiving luncheon would not have been possible without the efforts of Margaret Liappis, and cafeteria staff Winnie Yang, Angie Kim, Yan Cheung (cafeteria manager), Feng-Lin Chen and parents Tracy Williams, Marlen McKinney and Kathryn Hartmann.

Kindergarteners and students in grades second through sixth enjoyed turkey with all the trimmings in the Churchill Road cafeteria. Many parents joined their children for this special lunch. None of this would have been possible without the many parent volunteers who helped serve the food. The school was especially thankful to have Mrs. Margaret Liappis, a 31-year veteran of the CRS cafeteria, come out of retirement to help with the luncheon.