published Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Video: An elementary view of Thanksgiving as kids talk turkey

What is Thanksgiving anyway?
Watch as Times Free Press reporters asked elementary school students from across the area about the traditions celebrated on Thanksgiving.


“For God giving us all the food.” -- Tatiuama Woodruff, 7, Red Bank Elementary

“I’m thankful for gathering around the table and eating Thanksgiving dinner.” -- Taelynn Martin, 8, Jasper Elementary

“My family, my life, everywhere we go and Dade Elementary.” -- Reign Davis, 8, Dade Elementary


“I think mayonnaise? And flavor.” -- Reid Peacock, 8, Jasper Elementary

“I’m not sure, silk? How about cotton balls?” -- Weston Yarber, 6, Black Fox Elementary School

“[I don’t like stuffing but] I like ranch dressing. I’m pretty sure on the bottle of it, it says like, ‘made from milk.’” -- Ethan Long, 6, Calhoun Elementary School


“Because the pilgrims went across to America from England because the king kept bossing them and doing things they that they didn’t want to do and a bunch of them died. The Indians showed them how to make Thanksgiving food like the indians.” -- Natalie Sanders, 7, Jasper Elementary

“Because I like chicken.” -- Alex Runyan, 6, Red Bank Elementary

“Turkeys. Because we’re thankful for them.” -- James Newby, 7, Dade Elementary

“Because it’s a good holiday that people always celebrate and you get to see your family.” -- Niya McGhee, 7, Red Bank Elementary


“First you get a big ol’ pot and you boil it in some water and it takes about ‘till Thanksgiving dinnertime. Once you get it nice and cooked up, you take it out with some mits or something so you don’t burn your fingers. You take and sit it on a big plate and take a thermometer and stick it in there and if it looks perfect, you have to do a taste check and see if it’s just right after that. If it’s just right, you’ll wrap it up and once you get the other stuff cooked you just take it and drive on to where you having Thanksgiving dinner. Then you sit and we wait for a little while for everybody to get there and we take a little while so we can get ready to eat.

Then we sit down at the table and say a prayer, because that’s what you always do, and thank the Lord. Then we dig into all the food.

And you always like to have deviled eggs, too.” -- Kariss Coffey, 7, Black Fox Elementary School

You take your hand and trace your fingers with a pencil. You make a face and the legs, and there’s a turkey. -- Christopher Perez Hernandez, 6, East Side Elementary

“First you buy it. Second you salt it. Put it in the oven for an hour to cook.” -- K’Sean George, 6, Red Bank Elementary

“I would by the turkey. I would thaw it out. I would marinate it. I would deep fry it or bake and then I would put it in the fridge so it could get hard and then I would cut it up.” -- Tyler Minton, 8, Jasper Elementary

“I would buy it at Ingles. I would go home and get like a needle and I would push it in and it’s like a timer and it sticks out of the oven so I can see what time it is and what temperature.” -- Macy Linder, 8, Dade Elementary


“It’s an Indian person. The king was being mean to them so they went to America.” -- Tatiuama Woodruff, 7, Red Bank Elementary

“All I know is that they’re kind of tiny.” -- Francisco Beltran, 7, Jasper Elementary

“I don’t know. But I know a joke. Why does the pilgrim’s pants always fall down? (Why?) They wear their belts on their hats.” -- Haley Gouin, 6, Calhoun Elementary School

“It’s a person who loves God. And they don’t dress like we do.” -- Emmie Chilton, 5, Ringgold Primary School

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

about Kevin Hardy...

Kevin rejoined the Times Free Press in August 2011 as the Southeast Tennessee K-12 education reporter. He worked as an intern in 2009, covering the communities of Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Collegedale and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. A native Kansan, Kevin graduated with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Kansas. After graduating, he worked as an education reporter in Hutchinson, Kan., for a year before coming back to Chattanooga. Honors include a ...

about Andy Johns...

Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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