SHEFFIELD -- Miller's Run School students got into the holiday spirit the week before Thanksgiving by making festive projects and donating food to the local food shelf.

The entire school got involved with a special gift to the community on Nov. 18 when staff and students gathered in front of the school and then walked down the street to bring donated food to the Community Food Shelf at the Sheffield Town Hall.

Sarah Goodwin's fourth-grade students also spent time giving of themselves to others within the school. From Nov. 14-18, fourth graders teamed up with preschoolers to make holiday goodies and decorations to bring home for Thanksgiving. The "big buddies" paired up with "little buddies" and all worked together. Students baked muffins and cookies together, and then they made baskets decorated like turkeys.

"We made banana muffins," said fourth-grader Ezra Bernier, who teamed up with "little buddy" Carl Molinaroli.

The point of the project is "to be big pals, to help make their (preschool students) Thanksgiving baskets and trying to establish relationships within a smaller community," Goodwin said. Preschool teacher Shannon Casey said the younger students learn how to sit longer in a group and how to open up to older children.

Other special holiday projects include the work of Maryann Hertz's first graders. They were learning about the first Thanksgiving meal at Plymouth Plantation by building a model of the original establishment. Students used little milk cartons for the pilgrim's homes and other materials for the Native American huts. They also celebrated by eating a meal with food provided by parents.

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