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….