St. Patrick School Continues Tradition

Pre-school students at Saint Patrick Catholic School in Meridian celebrated Thanksgiving a little bit early.

It's a long-running tradition for the kids to dress as Pilgrims and Indians to share a meal together for the holiday.

The students also set up special Thanksgiving learning centers throughout the cafeteria for the holiday that is so special to Americans.

"Children this age learn better with hands on, they remember it longer," said Pre-K 4 teacher, Anita Dawson. "And this group, our 3's and 4's play together a lot, and this is a way for them to spend more time together and also with the parents, to get them involved."

Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks to God for the harvest and express gratitude in general. It is a holiday celebrated primarily in Canada and the United States.

The traditional "first Thanksgiving" is the celebration that occurred at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in 1621.

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