Grafton Students Learn About Thanksgiving History

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Students from Millbury Street Elementary School learned about the history of Thanksgiving at a recent event.
Students from Millbury Street Elementary School learned about the history of Thanksgiving at a recent event. Photo Credit: Contributed Photo
Guests offered demonstrations to bring the information to life, and the children even sampled a modern version of traditional food.
Guests offered demonstrations to bring the information to life, and the children even sampled a modern version of traditional food. Photo Credit: Contributed Photo
The special event taught students how Wampanoag tribe members lived during the days of the Pilgrims.
The special event taught students how Wampanoag tribe members lived during the days of the Pilgrims. Photo Credit: Contributed Photo

GRAFTON, Mass. - Third-grade students from the Millbury Street Elementary School stepped back in time recently and learned about the history of Thanksgiving.

On Nov. 27, they learned how the Wampanoag tribe members lived during the days of the Pilgrims. 

The students planted their own miniature three-sisters garden of corn, squash, and beans; tried their strength at corn grinding; and identified animal tracks in nature.

A member of the Massachusetts Audubon Society brought animal skins to show the students how Native Americans utilized them to make food and clothing.

Each class also wrote a story using Native American symbols. They played rustic Native American games, made pouches, corn-husk dolls and tribal necklaces; and ate a modern version of a traditional Wampanoag snack which included cornbread, cranberries and beef jerky.

The day was highlighted by a visitor from Plimouth Plantation, who brought artifacts for the students to see and touch, marking a fun and educational day.

The school offers a special ‘thank you’ to the South Grafton Parent-Teacher Organization for sponsoring this enrichment program, and to all the parent volunteers who helped make the day a success.

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