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Thanksgiving Comes Early at Columbus Elementary

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – Third grade students at Columbus Elementary were given the opportunity Friday afternoon to celebrate Thanksgiving early by chowing down in a holiday feast.

“Serving lunch to the kids while they’re all dressed up is great,” Columbus Principal Michael Cunzio said.  “It’s a really nice day.”

Each year, Columbus holds the feast for third grade students in the cafeteria.  Food such as turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and other Thanksgiving staples are prepared by the school’s cafeteria staff and served by volunteer faculty members, including Cunzio.  The feast was broken down into three different sessions in order to accommodate every class.  The students enjoyed the food dressed as pilgrims and Native Americans and parents were encouraged to attend.

After the dinner, parents were able to sit in on the students’ class and learn more about what their child was currently learning. Cunzio said the day was a great chance for parents to be involved in the school and that it lined up with the American Education Week’s curriculum.

“It’s important for the parents to come not just to be with their children but also to learn more and be a part of their education,” Cunzio said.

Karen Cappa was at the feast for her daughter, Lynn. “It’s good to be with the kids and see what they’re doing,” Cappa said.  “I think it goes a long way for their learning and their confidence.”

Lynn Cappa said she was simply excited to be able to eat lunch with her mom.

Students at Columbus will go through a shortened schedule this week as they have full days on Monday and Tuesday before an early dismissal on Wednesday with Thursday and Friday off for the holiday.

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