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Students share Thanksgiving thoughts

In preparation for Thanksgiving, the Citizen asked several Henrico County elementary school classes to answer questions about the holiday. Their responses appear here. (Special thanks are due to Henrico County Public Schools and the teachers and administrators at each school for their assistance in this effort.)
How would you make your favorite Thanksgiving food?



Mrs. Lassiter's first-grade class, Lakeside Elementary School

I would buy a turkey and bake it for an hour at 20 degrees.
– Tiffany C.

I would buy a turkey and cook it in the oven for 5 minutes. I would turn the oven to "Hot."
– Samuel B.

I would put a ham in the oven and cook it for 9 minutes at 4 degrees.
– Brianna C.

I would put a turkey in the oven for about 30 minutes at 50 degrees, take it out, cut it open and put stuffing in it. Then I would put a ham in the oven for the same amount of time and do the same thing, but maybe put mashed potatoes inside.
– Derrick S.

I would put the turkey in the oven, turn it to 26 degrees and cook it for a couple hours.
– Joshua M.

I would cook a turkey in the oven for 12 minutes at 15 degrees.
– Deny S.

I would buy a ham and cook it in the oven on "Hot" for 50 hours.
– Sana S.

I would take a chicken, cook it in the oven for probably 2-3 minutes at probably 8 degrees.
– Ethan W.

I would cook a chicken in a pan in the oven for 40 minutes at 50 degrees.
– Kayla D.

I would put a chicken in a pan and cook it in the oven for a couple of hours at 5 degrees.
– Destiney S.

I would cook stuffing for 5 minutes at 10 degrees.
– Ziya M.

I'd cook a ham for 3 hours at 50 degrees.
– Jayden H.

I would cook a turkey in the oven for a couple of hours.
– Coleman B.

I would cook a meat loaf in the oven for almost a minute at maybe 30 degrees.
– Eric V.

I would put a ham in the oven and cook it for 4 hours at 20 degrees.
– Angelina S.

I would buy macaroni and cheese from the store and ask my brother to help me cook it. I would cook it in the oven for like 30 seconds at 5 degrees to make it soft.
– Saniya B.

I would make apple pie like my mom makes it.
– Cole A.

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Ms. Mohler’s first-grade class, Mehfoud Elementary School

My favorite Thanksgiving food is turkey. I would buy my turkey at the store and put it in the oven at 2 degrees for 3 hours.
– Olivia

My favorite Thanksgiving food is turkey. I would help my mom cook it. First put it in a little hot oven for 30 minutes. Put sauce on the turkey when it comes out of the oven.
– Charlise

My favorite food to eat on Thanksgiving is bread. I would cut it out and I would eat it with jelly.
– Christophe

My favorite Thanksgiving food is chocolate cake. I would put the chocolate thing in with some water, oil and eggs. Use the little mixer thing. Then put it in the oven and wait for a little minute for the oven to warm up. Bake the cake in the oven.
– Nirel

My favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving is turkey. I would roast it on the thing that goes round and round. I would eat mashed potatoes with it.
– Jaida

My favorite Thanksgiving food is turkey. I would put it in the oven at 12 degrees for 30 minutes. I like to eat it with bread.
– Lauryn

My favorite Thanksgiving food is chocolate chip cookies. Take dough from the refrigerator and cut it and put it in the oven. Add chocolate chips and sprinkles and then eat it.
– Addison

My favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving is chocolate cake. I would put the chocolate mix in the bowl. Add milk, eggs and water and mix it with the mixer. I would put it in the oven.
– Aralynn

My favorite Thanksgiving food is chocolate chip cookies. Put the cookies in the stove for 15 minutes.
– Alijah

My favorite Thanksgiving food is pumpkin pie. Cut the top of the pumpkin. Put it in a pan and cook it for 30 seconds. Then I would put it in the oven and bake it. I would eat it with a cherry on top.
– Mikkel

My favorite Thanksgiving food is bread. Put it in the oven to cook for 4 minutes. Take it out of the oven and add butter.
– Kayla

I would get some chickens, open it up and get the chicken out of it. I would cook it in the microwave for 2 minutes. I would eat it with some barbecue sauce.
– Jacob

My favorite food to eat on Thanksgiving is brown cookies. Put square things on a plate, cook it in the stove for 8 hours.
– Elijah

My favorite Thanksgiving food is turkey. I would get a turkey from Food Lion. I would fry it in a pan for 6 minutes. I would eat it with some chicken.
– Jonie

My favorite food at Thanksgiving is mashed potatoes. Put potatoes in a pan and put it in the oven for 6 minutes. Put them on a plate and eat them.
– Quentin

My favorite food at Thanksgiving is chocolate chip cookies. I would get cookie dough, stir it up and put it inside the oven for 13 minutes.
– Amiyah

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Ms. Kinnier’s first-grade class, Gayton Elementary School

My favorite food is turkey. To make it I would put it in the oven and then I would take it out and pat seasoning on it.
– Kylee

My favorite food is brisket and gravy. I would get it from the grocery story and put it in the oven, cook it and cut it. I put the
gravy on and eat it.
– Meyer

I like mash potatoes and gravy. I would buy it and then I would put it in the oven and serve it and eat it. I hope my family would enjoy it!
- Maggie

My favorite Thanksgiving food is grilled cheese. I would get two pieces of bread and get cheese and put it in the middle of it.
- Benjamin S.

I like turkey. I would buy one and cook it. Then I would put it on a plate, then I would call my friends to come to my house.
– Saleh M.

The food I like is hot dogs and sometimes I eat applesauce. I would get apples and them cook them, then you get a bowl and you put it in there.
– Jack

My favorite food is mashed potatoes. To make it I would get a box of mash potatoes and get some water and get some butter and put the mash potatoes in a bowl and microwave them and then put in the butter and you are done!
– Aiden

My favorite food is mashed potatoes. To make it, I would mash the potatoes.
– Maddie

I like raviolis. I would put cheese in it then I would put the outside of the raviolis on the cheese.
– Dylan

My favorite Thanksgiving food is mash potatoes. I would get water and then put potatoes in it and get the masher and mash it up. Then I have mashed potatoes!
– Claire

I like chicken for Thanksgiving. To make it I would get it from the store, bake it for 10 minutes and eat it!
– Rachel

To make chocolate cake, I would use dough and then put it in the oven and you take it out of the oven and eat it.
– Sophia

I like turkey. I would put it in the tray and cook it.
– Mark

My favorite food is cookies! I would roll out the dough then get the cookie cutters and cut it out! Then put it in the oven. Let it cook a while. Take it out, they are cookies!
– Julia

I would get some yams and put them in the oven. Sometimes I like brown sugar on them!
– Patrick

To make dumplings, I would get some dough and you roll it up and then roll it into a triangle then you put it in the oven. Chicken and vegetables is in the inside.
– George

To make pumpkin pie, I would get a pie pan and pie crust and pumpkin. I would put the pie crust in the pan but not in the middle. And then put the pumpkin in and then put the pie crust on top and put it in the oven.
– Lillie

My favorite Thanksgiving food is chicken. You get chicken nuggets and a plate and put it in the oven!
– Matthew

My favorite food is green beans. I would get a big pot and frozen green beans and put butter in the pot and cook them.
– Kerrington

My favorite Thanksgiving food is turkey and gravy. I would get the turkey and put the sauce on it and bake it. The dessert is a big chocolate cake.
– Tyler


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