Ask any Springville Elementary School teacher and they would each tell you the same: the individuals who attend and work at the North Street school building operate like a family.
Come the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, a walk down the school’s fifth grade hallway, and the sight of tables full of food as far as the eye can see, would show you exactly why.
To celebrate the holiday, SES fifth grade teachers use an annual “Thanksgiving Feast” as a way to emphasize gratitude and teamwork. Earlier this week and at the end of last, students helped decide what each class will make and brought in a small item to contribute to the wide-array of options for the feast.
“It’s a way for the kids to interact with teachers they might not necessarily interact with and really, we are a family here, so it’s just a way to celebrate the Thanksgiving tradition like it typically is celebrated at home,” said fifth-grade teacher, Stephanie Sullivan. “Students do everything from deboning the chicken to cutting up all the vegetables, peeling the apples, and mashing the potatoes. We have a lot of fun while we do it.”
Observing COVID-19 protocols carefully, students lined up in a serving line to receive their lunch, the literal fruits of their labor, on Tuesday afternoon. Sullivan noted the experience also gives the students a deeper gratitude for what goes into the meals that they’ll enjoy on Thursday.
“It’s a good reminder for the kids to be appreciative of all their family does for actual Thanksgiving,” Sullivan laughed. “It’s really a wonderful experience.”