Giving thanks and Thanksgiving

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 20, 2003

Preschoolers at the Andalusia Head Start played as Pilgrims and Indians, but remembered the purpose of the "thankful" play Thursday morning.

Teacher Faye Johnson said the students studied the background of Thanksgiving before performing the play to an audience of parents and high school students.

"They learned about the environment and history of Thanksgiving," she said.

Johnson added everyone enjoyed helping create tee-pees for the set.

"This is the first time we've made tee-pees," she said. "We weren't quite sure how to go about it (at first)."

The tee-pees were made from cloth and bamboo sticks, and an addition to the set included a wooden canoe.

Assistant Teacher Tammy Taylor read the story of the first Thanksgiving while the students enacted its events.

"This was something fun for the kids to do," she said.

Head Start is a federally-funded organization designed to provide preschool needs to kids from mostly low-income families, said Johnson.