A cardboard ship, a rock and a turkey were all props used during a kindergarten Thanksgiving play Friday.
Students in Roberta Burghart’s class at St. Joseph Catholic School stood side-by-side to each tell a part of the story that inspires a lasting holiday tradition. Down the line, they described the pilgrim’s journey — Plymouth Rock, interactions with Native Americans, hardships faced and food eaten. They also sung two songs about being thankful, complete with actions.
“It helps them to know how America got started,” Burghart said, who has been organizing a Thanksgiving play for 14 years. “It really helps them to understand the story of when the pilgrims came, and it helps them to be able to name things like the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock. Otherwise it would be really hard for them to hear the other kids say the lines, so even though they aren’t the one saying the lines, they can still name those things.”
Ava Madden, student, said she learned the Pilgrims had a feast for three days, while modern Thanksgiving celebrations are only one day.
The teacher also said the students learned about the courage of the early travelers, which she uses to help them perform in front of a crowd of parents and teachers.
“Even in difficult times, they have to keep trying,” she said. “Even though there’s people there and they’re nervous, you have to have a lot of courage.”
Following the performance, the little performers joined pre-kindergarten students — dressed in feather hats — for a feast, involving turkey, corn bread, Craisins, pie and popcorn. Garrett Floyd said that was his favorite part of the morning.