Some pint-sized Pilgrims joined the ranks of first through fifth grade students for a school-made, home-style traditional Thankgiving lunch of turkey, dressing, fruit and green beans at Mirror Lake Elementary School on Nov. 9.

The kindergarten classes were all bedecked in proper English-style Puritan garb following studies from a unit on the Pilgrims from Plymouth, England, who set sail in 1620 across the ocean on the Mayflower and colonized the Cape Cod area in what is now called Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Mirror Lake Principal Chandell Johnson said the students had just finished learning about the Pilgrims. The following week would be dedicated to learning about the other participants in the harvest feast -- the Indians, or properly called Native Americans,-- held in November 1621, which would later be called Thanksgiving.

The Pilgrims dined with members of the Wampanoag, inhabitants of the region around Plymouth Colony who had lived there for some 10,000 years before the Europeans arrived. Soon after the Pilgrims built their settlement, they came into contact with Squanto, an English-speaking Native American.

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