Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?

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.)

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?



Ms. Dillon’s kindergarten class, Seven Pines Elementary School

Because to celebrate the people that brought food.
– Abigail

To eat ham and turkey.
– Jordan

Because it’s Thanksgiving and we eat and drink milk.
– Aviyana

Because we eat and drink and watch “Nick Jr” on TV.
– Connor

Because they like to eat food – potatoes and corn.
– Matthew

‘Cause it’s fun to eat mashed potatoes and have cheesecake.
– Aqiila

Because we go to people’s houses and eat dinner like turkeys.
– Samantha

Because it’s nice to share food and be good to other people and stuff like that.
– Roger

Because we celebrate turkeys!
– Kaleigh

Because we eat turkey and lots of food. Then, you get ice cream.
– Xavier

You can bring corn and share it.
– Daylee

Because it’s fall and we eat turkeys and chicken wings.
– Juan

Because if people don’t have food, we can share with them.
– Roddrey

To give stuff away to other people and eat turkey.
– Shane

Because it’s special and we cook cookies and roast beef.
– Destiny

We go around the table and eat bread, nuts, and turkey.
– Amanda

Because we want to have Thanksgiving! And to eat turkey and lasagna.
– Chesni

So we can get together and be friends.
– Tyasia
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Actor Kerrigan Sullivan will present “A Song in the Wilderness,” a 45-minute one-woman show that offers a dramatic exploration of the life and experiences of Gene Stratton-Porter, at 8 p.m. at CAT Theatre, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd.

Born in 1863, Stratton-Porter was an accomplished writer of fiction and non-fiction. She was also a celebrated nature photographer and an early naturalist. She was one of the first women to form a movie production studio.

“A Song in the Wilderness,” written by Larry Gard, was first produced in 1993 as part of the annual Performances in the Humanities program of the Indiana Humanities Council, and starred Marcia Quick Gard as Gene Stratton-Porter. The show toured Indiana under the same banner during the spring of each year, through 1997. It was also produced for a festival about women in science at the Science Museum of Virginia in 2002, featuring the same actress. The 2017 production is offered in memory of Marcia Quick Gard, who passed away on Dec. 16, 2016.

Tickets are $12. The performance will include a reception and talk back with the production staff after the show. For tickets and details, visit http://www.cattheatre.com. Full text

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