BYANCA DORIVAL, 2nd grade “I’m thankful for my family, my school and my teacher. Turkey is my favorite, but without any gravy.”

Hand-colored turkeys and fall leaves lined the halls of most elementary schools around the country last week. 

But Gerald Adams Elementary School on Stock Island takes a different approach with their kindergartners each year. Instead of tracing their hands into turkeys, the 5-year-old artists set about disguising their paper turkeys as something else.

“And why did you turn your turkeys into other things?” Assistant Principal Rebecca Palomino asked the class.

“So they wouldn’t get eaten!” the kids yelled in unison.

Their disguised turkeys hang outside their classroom, with one hidden inside a popcorn machine, another inside a bubble gum machine and others dressed up like Sonic the Hedgehog, a police officer, a green-faced witch and even a penguin.

The Keys Weekly took some time to chat with some of the kindergartners and second graders at Gerald Adams to hear what makes them thankful and what their favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal is. Their answers were nearly unanimous, but a bit surprising. Instead of the expected answers of pie and “that thing with the marshmallows on top.” most kids said they love turkey (just not the ones that hung in the hallway.)

Below are some of their photos and answers to our Thanksgiving questions….

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Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.