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Daine Dusky dressed as an Indian. ().
Daine Dusky dressed as an Indian. ().

Four first-grade classes gathered in the Kalmiopsis Elementary School cafeteria Tuesday for the annual first-grade feast.

Some donned paper pilgrim hats while others wore brown paper vests and headbands decorated with symbols from American Indian folklore.

First-grade teacher Dan Rotterman shared a Mayflower voyage timeline with the children.

"The voyage of the Mayflower begins almost at the same time (of year) they begin first grade," Rotterman said."The size of the Mayflower is about the same size as one of our recess shelters," he said.

Sharing details of the journey with students gives them a sense of how arduous it was, he said.

"They really get the idea that the pilgrims endured a lot of hardship to come to this country," Rotterman said.

First-grade teacher Carol Blagden said the first-grade feast started before she began teaching at Kalmiopsis 17 years ago.

"The kids love it," Blagden said. "It's our time to talk about the pilgrims and bring it all together."

After Rotterman's lesson, students chowed down buffet-style on cheese, popcorn, oranges, apples and more.

"They try to do healthy food," Principal Chris McKay said. "They kind of try to recreate what (pilgrims and American Indians) would have eaten."


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