For kindergarten student Victoria Sabetta, Thanksgiving dinner is all about the turkey.
“I don’t like the stuffing and potatoes,” the Wyoming Area Catholic student said.
She added that her cat, Pidgy, will probably help her with her plate.
“He likes the butter, the cheese and the turkey,” she said.
As her school collected food and winter clothes to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, Victoria took some time to think about what she would feel most thankful for when she sits down to a holiday dinner with her family.
“I’m thankful for my house, my family, my school and my pets,” she said.
The students at Wyoming Area Catholic School in Exeter have kept their traditional food drive thriving this year, administrator Mary Ann Paddock-Kaminski said.
“We do this every year,” she said. “There’s always a need out there.”
By the week before Thanksgiving, the students had filled “at least” five large boxes of food pantry donations and 10 large boxes of donated winter accessories such as gloves, hats and scarves for the cold months ahead.
“We try to teach the students … to share that generosity,” she said. “That’s part of who we are.”
Even as they gathered food and clothing for others, the students could not help but look forward to their own Thanksgiving traditions.
Third grader Brady DePhillips, like Victoria, looked forward to the turkey his family would serve.
“I’m thankful for our food and the house we live in,” he said.
Second grader Roman Elbattah will have a list of things he is thankful for when he sits down to Thanksgiving dinner.
“Earth, food, clean water and families,” he said.
Emma Boettcher, a first-grade student, could not wait to spend the holiday with her family.
“We go to our grandparents’ house and we celebrate,” she said.
Emma will be feeling thankful for “my house and my food,” and looked forward to sharing that gratitude with her family over a plate of turkey, her favorite food.
“We get to be thankful for each other,” she said.