Sunnyside students explain why they are thankful

Kalaikona Vea and Sydney Scott work on an writing exercise about emotions in Veronica Underwood’s kindergarten class. - Amy Wadkins
Kalaikona Vea and Sydney Scott work on an writing exercise about emotions in Veronica Underwood’s kindergarten class.
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For The Marysville Globe

MARYSVILLE — Kindergartners at Sunnyside Elementary School all say they enjoy Thanksgiving.

However, they would like to make a few suggestions when it comes to what’s on the menu.

Kalaikona Vea, 5, doesn’t really like eating turkey. He likes chicken instead, and has one request for dessert.

“I want a big pie,” he said. “Blueberry.”

Sofia Howard, 6, and Elijah Azarpay, 6, both like to eat turkey but are most excited about the possibility of different dessert options. Sofia wants to have vanilla ice cream after dinner.

“I eat ice cream after Thanksgiving dinner,” she said. “I’ll eat all of it because I love it.”

“My favorite is pumpkin pie with whipped cream,” added Elijah.

Arturo Torres, 6, and Jrake Maier, 5, expect turkey to be part of their holiday meals but do have a couple other items they’d like to fill up their plates with. Arturo is hopeful that macaroni, potatoes and gravy are part of his Thanksgiving dinner, while Jrake has a few different food requests.

“I want noodles and broccoli and a sandwich and candy,” he said.

Eduardo Pineda-Lopez, 5, would like his dinner to include several of his favorite foods.

“I eat turkey, but I want peanut butter and jelly, and rice and beans,” he said. “And no carrots.”

When it comes to what they don’t want to eat this Thanksgiving, Emma Brislin, 5, and Christopher Bydalek, 5, agree. They don’t want any peas. They also agree they are thankful for family this Thanksgiving.

“I’m thankful for my dad, my mom, my cousins and my grandma and grandpa,” Christopher said.

“I’m thankful for my mom and my dad,” added Emma.

Students were asked to think about what makes them thankful this Thanksgiving and will write those things down in little books to take home, kindergarten teacher Veronica Underwood said. Other students, including Elijah Azarpay and his classmate Jonah Werdell, 5, also shared some things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

“I’m thankful for what people made us,” Elijah said. “People who made us houses and schools, or made doors or made buildings, or skyscrapers.”

Jonah added on what he is thankful for this year.

“I’m thankful for the trees giving us some air,” he said.

Katrina Bean, 5, is thankful for her blanket.

“It’s purple, yellow and green,” she said. “It’s a small blanket.”

Playing outside is something Angie Chay, 6, is thankful for.

“I like to ride my bike and my scooter,” she said.

When asked what she’s most thankful for, Oasys Cortez, 5, spoke about important people in her life.

“I’m thankful for my family,” she said. “I’m thankful for my sisters and for my brother and for my whole family.”

Helping with Thanksgiving Day preparations is also important, pointed out Paige Phillips, 5.

She and her dad picked out a turkey at the store last Thanksgiving. It cooked in the oven for six minutes, Paige said. This year she wants to help decorate the table.

“I help my mom put flowers in the vase,” she said. “I like daisies.”

Waiting for dinner to be done might take some time, added Sean King, 5.

“You put it in the oven and then it’s a turkey you can eat,” he said. “But it takes six hours.”

“It’s difficult to know exactly how long to cook a turkey, Sofia said. “It must be a long time. Probably about three hours. Or four, or two, or one. Maybe it takes five.”

Regardless, Thanksgiving is one special and fun holiday, added Sofia.

“You get to see all of your family at one table and you get to eat a good dinner,” she said.


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