TROY — Parents and family members received a serenade of Thanksgiving melodies on Tuesday morning. Students in the preschool and pre-kindergarten at St. Patrick’s sang to them before their Thanksgiving feast in the parish center.
“It’s a tradition,” Mary Neumeier, the pre-kindergarten lead teacher, said. The Thanksgiving Feast has been going on for 10 years. The older siblings of the preschool and pre-kindergarten students are able to come, watch, and remember when it was them up on the stage in the parish center.
“They look forward to it,” Neumeier said.
This year, there was approximately 37 students involved.
“We are thankful for the food we eat,” the kids sang. “We are thankful for the friends we meet. We are thankful for the golden sun. The trees, the birds, and everyone.”
Mila Lee, 4, said that her favorite thing about Thanksgiving was “sitting at the table with my family.”
“It’s Thanksgiving, and it’s special,” Lee said, who wore a pilgrim cost made out of construction paper and string during the performance.
Claire Pannapara, 3, was a Native American in the Thanksgiving performance. Pannapara said she was thankful for Jesus, family, friends, teachers, and candy. Pannapara also helped make the soup that they ate in the feast during class.
“Last year, I was an Indian,” Will Rippey, 4, said. Rippey performed as a pilgrim, and his favorite song that they sang was “Five Little Turkeys.”
“I like the turkey with bones,” Rippey said when asked what his favorite part of Thanksgiving was.
Mason Flora, 5, also received his own special serenade as it was his birthday. Flora also said the best part of Thanksgiving was turkey, and he was thankful for family, teachers, pets, and cows.
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