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Vail Christian Academy kindergarteners complete Thanksgiving unit with a special feast

GYPSUM — Kindergarten students from Vail Christian Academy put the spirit of Thanksgiving into action this week, and before they were done, they had something new for which to be thankful.

Teacher Corky Evans has spent the past month teaching her students the story of the first Thanksgiving — how the Native Americans and pilgrims came together for a great feast in celebration of community and thankfulness. Evans noted that traditionally she would conclude the holiday unit by throwing a Thanksgiving party for her students and their families, but this year she decided to try something different.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, Evans and her seven students traveled to the Colorado Army National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Site in Gypsum to serve dinner to the soldiers stationed there. They also performed a song, presented some artwork and offered a pre-feast prayer. Then the kids and the soldiers sat down to enjoy a chili lunch, compliments of the kindergarten parents. They finished off their meal with some homemade pastries baked by one student's grandmother.

The HAATS personnel were gracious hosts for the dinner. Before they sat down to the feast, they took the kindergarteners on a tour of the helicopter bay, showing them the various machines on site and explaining the uses for the different helicopters. The kids had a chance to climb inside and ask questions.

In the end, everyone was thankful for what they had been given.