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CCS celebrates Thanksgiving with songs, stew

Shields: ‘It gives us a chance to thank for all the blessings we have’

November 15, 2012
By BRANDON L. SUMMERS, , Messenger News

Community Christian School held its yearly Pilgrim Party Thursday.

The Thanksgiving program is a tradition held for more than two decades at the school, according to Margaret Shields, dean of students.

"It's a wonderful program," she said. "It's the month for Thanksgiving, and it gives us a chance to thank for all the blessings we have."

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-Messenger photo by Brandon L. Summers
John Daxton and Morgan Nelson, right, sing songs and recite poems during Community Christian School’s traditional Thanksgiving program Thursday. The program was preceded by a feast of stew, which the students helped to prepare.

The Pilgrim Party was the first for organizing teacher Brady Weller, first- and second-grade teacher.

"It's a tradition here at CCS," Weller said. "The day consists of lots of activities and some crafts, some treats. Then we prepare our Thanksgiving stew and we invite all the families and we have a big Thanksgiving feast."

First- and second-grade students, dressed in seasonal costumes, recited Thanksgiving and Christian songs and poems before an audience of parents and schoolmates, demonstrating their phonic abilities.

"It's a celebration of Thanksgiving and what God has blessed us with," Weller said.

In addition to being a "fun" program, Shields said, it is also an educational experience for its participating students.

"They're learning about the pilgrims, the Indians, the early settlers who came to America and the reason they came, for freedom," she said.

Several weeks of preparation went into the show, beinning in October, according to Weller. The preparation doubled as their reading practice and history lesson.

"We did lots of practice," she said. "We started just introducing one poem at a time, and did lots of repetition."

Parent volunteers and family members assisted the students in serving the feast. Students poured in the vegetables and noodles.

"They came up and prepared the food, and then the kids got to come up and add some ingredients into our soup," Weller said. "This was a way for them to be a part of it."

The Pilgrim Party presentation also allowed its students to show and develop their talents, Weller said.

"Some of them are very gifted in this," she said. "They even told me 'I'm nervous' right away, but when they got up there it was fine."

More than anything, the students enjoyed their costumes, Weller said.

"They plan on wearing them all day."



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