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Kids share thoughts on Thanksgiving

“I like spending time with my family, and I like spending time with my families’ moms and dads. My favorite part is seeing everybody I know I haven’t seen in a long time. My mom hasn’t seen her mom in a long time because my mom lives in Georgia and grandma is from Ecuador.” 
— Sophia Fachisthers, 7, first-grade student in Ashley Collinsworth’s class at Shoal Creek Elementary School

“I like spending time with my family, and I like spending time with my families’ moms and dads. My favorite part is seeing everybody I know I haven’t seen in a long time. My mom hasn’t seen her mom in a long time because my mom lives in Georgia and grandma is from Ecuador.” — Sophia Fachisthers, 7, first-grade student in Ashley Collinsworth’s class at Shoal Creek Elementary School

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“Thanksgiving means having a lot of my family members coming. Usually they come to my house to celebrate, but this year we’re going to my grandmother’s house and my grandmother lives close to us. I think Thanksgiving means sharing and caring for other people, even for people who don’t have food or they’re homeless. I really care about a lot of people.” — Payton Morrison, 7, second-grade student in Mary Meyers’ class at Shoal Creek Elementary School

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“It’s about giving and being thankful. I’m thankful for all the months, all the seasons and for Jesus.” — Bethany McGowan, 6, Laura Tollison’s first-grade class at Oak Hill

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“It makes me happy being with my family. I’m thankful for my (twin) brother, Jake.” — Josh Edenfield, 6, Henderson’s first-grade class at Oak Hill

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“We’re going somewhere else, so we’re having a small Thanksgiving. We’re going to South Carolina or North Carolina — I know there’s a Carolina in it — to visit my dad. We celebrate things that we have and are thankful for. I’m thankful for my family and food.” — Emmalee Miller, 7, first-grade student in Ashley Collinsworth’s class at Shoal Creek Elementary School

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“On Thanksgiving, you’re thankful for a lot of things, like your family, all the food, Jesus, who died on the cross and all the soldiers who risk their lives to save the USA.” — Natalie Henderson, 6, in Laura Tollison’s first-grade class at Oak Hill Elementary School

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“I love my whole family to eat with you and all the food my grandmother cooks is so delicious.” — Kenya Jefferson, 6, in Ms. Brandy Rowe’s first-grade class at Oak Hill

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“I like that my Aunt Christy can come. She lives in Alabama. I get to see my grammie and grandpa because my grandpa had surgery and I can’t see him that often.” — Madison Hope, 7, second-grade student in Mary Meyers’ class at Shoal Creek Elementary

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“I’m really happy about the turkey, mashed potatoes and green beans, and I’m happy to be with my family.” — Jaden Sevigny, 6, first-grade student in Ashley Collinsworth’s class at Shoal Creek Elementary School

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“It’s about thanks, to thank people for giving you stuff that you like and for giving stuff that people need. It’s two words.” — Payton Rowe, 7, in Renee Henderson’s first-grade class at Oak Hill

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“I like to play, and I go to grammie’s house.” — Tyler Hope, 4, pre-kindergarten student in Chassidy Hoffman’s class at Shoal Creek Elementary School

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“I like turkey and pumpkin pie and watching the parade.” — Faith Young, 4, pre-kindergarten student in Chassidy Hoffman’s class at Shoal Creek Elementary School

Family, friends, food and fellowship are the cornerstone of Thanksgiving. Here, some area students talk about what Thanksgiving means to them: