I'm thankful for ...
by AZIZA JACKSON
Peyton Whitelaw Summer Castleberry Joe Smith Tyler Archie Derek Stewart
Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, a time when people give thanks and spend time with the people that matter most to them.

To the first-graders at Munford Elementary School, Thanksgiving means all that and more, with the inclusion of lots and lots of turkey at the popular hotspot that is grandma’s house.

For Tyler Archie in Sharon Shiflett’s class, Thanksgiving is the time for fishing and hunting with his “Papa.”

“My Papa said that he’s going to take me hunting and fishing,” Tyler said. “My favorite thing is hunting turkey, deers, ducks and geese. I like to hunt for fishes with my fishing rod.”

Tyler said he is looking forward to eating turkey, fish and corned beef hash this Thanksgiving, along with spending quality time with his family.

Derek Stewart in Brinn Doyle’s class said he is thankful for his older brother because he gets to play with him almost every day.

“I might go to my Nannie’s house and make a turkey,” Derek said.

He said he also hopes to find apple pie and chocolate cake on his dinner table this Thanksgiving.

But overall, he said he hopes he gets to have a big turkey with his family on Thanksgiving.

When asked what her favorite thing about Thanksgiving is, Peyton Whitelaw, a first-grader in Jennifer Hall’s class, said, “That I get to go to my grandma’s house a lot on Thanksgiving and I get to play with my cousins.”

In addition to playing with her cousins, Peyton said she is most excited about having turkey this year for Thanksgiving dinner.

“First, I have to go to my grandma’s house and then I go to my Mimmie’s house and then I go to my house and have Thanksgiving dinner,” Peyton said.

When asked what she is most thankful for this year, Peyton said, “My family because they’re nice and they love me.”

Summer Castleberry, a first-grader in Sharon Shiflett’s class, said she is looking forward to hanging out with her older and younger cousins this Thanksgiving.

“We play in my grandmother’s yard,” she said.

Summer also said they play video games like Super Mario Brothers.

“I’m thankful that I have clothes and food,” she said. “I’m thankful for my family, and cousins and my teacher.”

First-grader Joe Smith, also known as “Lil Joe,” a student in Angela Stephenson’s class, said he is ready to do some serious dirt biking on Thanksgiving.

“My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is having dinner and we get to ride four-wheelers and we ride dirt bikes and a lot of people come over and we celebrate and play cards and board games and Yahtzee; I loooves Yahtzee. It’s my favorite game,” Joe said.

He said he is looking forward to eating chicken and turkey, as well as cheese pie and strawberry pie.

“I’m thankful for God, who made everyone on earth, and he made all this stuff for us and he made our mom and dad,” he said.

Contact Aziza Jackson at ajackson@dailyhome.com.

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