On Wednesday, Nov. 27, The Tatnall School held its annual Lower School Thanksgiving feast. While the feast is highly anticipated, the preparation is what makes this event unique.
For over 40 years, the students of the Lower School have helped prepare the food, giving special meaning to the meal. Incorporating the science of cooking, math skills and teamwork, the students get the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired in the classroom to the kitchen.
Each grade has a specific role to fill:
First graders harvest the apples,
Second graders makes homemade butter,
Third graders makes applesauce from the apples collected by the first grade,
Fourth graders make bread.
While the feast always takes place the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day, preparations begin on Monday with students making bread and butter from scratch.
With several steps required in each process, students are divided up into teams in order to receive instruction from teachers and parent volunteers on the task at hand.
Whether it is mixing the flour and yeast, shaking the jars full of milk and cream or waiting patiently for the dough to rise, students see the process through from raw ingredients to Wednesday's celebratory feast.