Gabbing about gobblers with South Whidbey Elementary School students

Taylor Auld, a first grader in Debra Davies
Taylor Auld, a first grader in Debra Davies' class, said she wasn't a fan of eating turkey - except the skin.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

The Record continued its tradition of visiting with South Whidbey Elementary School students to talk about Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims and turkey. Their responses about why Thanksgiving Day is celebrated varied from fleeing Holland to, “I forgot.”

Taylor Auld

What do you like about Thanksgiving? Turkey?

I don’t like turkey. My mom makes me eat turkey, but I would eat the skin.

So you don’t like turkey, but is that a turkey feather in your hair?

No. It’s just a normal feather.

Ben Watanabe / The Record | Jamie Dale

Jamie Dale

Who did the Pilgrims meet when they arrived to America?

The Indians.

Audrey Gmerek

What do you enjoy about Thanksgiving Day?

I like celebrating it because you’re giving thanks.

Not pumpkin pie, huh?

No. It’s all mushy and has a lot of pulp in it.

What will you give thanks for?

I’m thankful for my parents and my sister and my cats, Chester and Hoo.

Where did the Pilgrims come from?





Jacobi Murphy

None of the kids said they’ll eat pumpkin pie. Will you?

I want to.

Why did the Pilgrims come to America?

‘Cuz the rules were wrong.

What are you doing for Thanksgiving Day?

I’m going to go to New York to see the Statue of Liberty and see Balto.



Rylayn Rook

What does your family do on Thanksgiving?Ben Watanabe / The Record | Ryalyn Rook

Eat turkey. For last Thanksgiving, we go to our grandma’s. We had salmon because our grandpa couldn’t eat turkey.







Chase Larson

What’s your favorite part of the turkey?

The wishing bone. If you break the wishbone and whoever gets the line gets the wish.Ben Watanabe / The Record | Chase Larson

What will you wish for?

I would wish for a buddy.








Mimi Ford

Ben Watanabe / The Record | Mimi Ford

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?

Cause of the Pilgrims. I forgot.

Will you eat pumpkin pie?

I never tasted it before, but my did likes it.

What are you thankful for?

I’m thankful for my mom and dad and God and Jesus and my sister.




Gabe Gandarias

Why did the Pilgrims come to America?

They wanted to make their own church rules.Ben Watanabe / The Record | Gabe Gandarias

How did they get here?

The Mayflower.

What are your plans for the Thanksgiving break?

Play “Skylander Giants” with my brother.

Which food dish are you excited to eat?

Mashed potatoes because my dad makes really good potatoes.

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