Heber Hunt students express their gratitude at annual Thanksgiving dinner


By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]



Maria Alego, left, whispers a secret to her friend Reese Asbury while the two girls eat their Thanksgiving lunch at Heber Hunt Elementary Tuesday afternoon. More than 600 students and guests attended the meal before Thanksgiving break began for the Sedalia School District 200 students Wednesday.


Zariah Hayes carefully carries his plates filled with mashed potatoes, turkey and gravy and pumpkin pie as he looks for a good place to sit and enjoy his dinner.


Abbygale Klemme tries to decide what part of her meal to eat first. Heber Hunt’s Thanksgiving dinner was started by Smith-Cotton Principal Wade Norton when he served as principal at Heber Hunt.


Edeli Lerma makes her way through the serving line before sitting with her class to enjoy her Thanksgiving meal Tuesday afternoon. Each grade level participated in some manner to prepare for the meal.


Luke Capkovic shouts with glee that he is “Heber Hunt” when asked to do so by Principal Brenden Eisenmenger as part of the annual Thanksgiving dinner at Heber Hunt Tuesday. Six hundred students and invited guests attended the traditional meal complete with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and pumpkin pie. The meal was prepared and served by the Sedalia School District 200 food service staff, teachers and volunteers at the school.


Xavier Eberting enjoys a rice krispie bar as part of his Thanksgiving dinner Tuesday afternoon at Heber Hunt.


By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

Maria Alego, left, whispers a secret to her friend Reese Asbury while the two girls eat their Thanksgiving lunch at Heber Hunt Elementary Tuesday afternoon. More than 600 students and guests attended the meal before Thanksgiving break began for the Sedalia School District 200 students Wednesday.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_tsd112615parkview11.jpgMaria Alego, left, whispers a secret to her friend Reese Asbury while the two girls eat their Thanksgiving lunch at Heber Hunt Elementary Tuesday afternoon. More than 600 students and guests attended the meal before Thanksgiving break began for the Sedalia School District 200 students Wednesday.

Zariah Hayes carefully carries his plates filled with mashed potatoes, turkey and gravy and pumpkin pie as he looks for a good place to sit and enjoy his dinner.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_tsd112615heberhunt21.jpgZariah Hayes carefully carries his plates filled with mashed potatoes, turkey and gravy and pumpkin pie as he looks for a good place to sit and enjoy his dinner.

Abbygale Klemme tries to decide what part of her meal to eat first. Heber Hunt’s Thanksgiving dinner was started by Smith-Cotton Principal Wade Norton when he served as principal at Heber Hunt.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_tsd112615heberhunt41.jpgAbbygale Klemme tries to decide what part of her meal to eat first. Heber Hunt’s Thanksgiving dinner was started by Smith-Cotton Principal Wade Norton when he served as principal at Heber Hunt.

Edeli Lerma makes her way through the serving line before sitting with her class to enjoy her Thanksgiving meal Tuesday afternoon. Each grade level participated in some manner to prepare for the meal.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_tsd112615heberhunt61.jpgEdeli Lerma makes her way through the serving line before sitting with her class to enjoy her Thanksgiving meal Tuesday afternoon. Each grade level participated in some manner to prepare for the meal.

Luke Capkovic shouts with glee that he is “Heber Hunt” when asked to do so by Principal Brenden Eisenmenger as part of the annual Thanksgiving dinner at Heber Hunt Tuesday. Six hundred students and invited guests attended the traditional meal complete with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and pumpkin pie. The meal was prepared and served by the Sedalia School District 200 food service staff, teachers and volunteers at the school.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_tsd112615heberhunt71.jpgLuke Capkovic shouts with glee that he is “Heber Hunt” when asked to do so by Principal Brenden Eisenmenger as part of the annual Thanksgiving dinner at Heber Hunt Tuesday. Six hundred students and invited guests attended the traditional meal complete with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and pumpkin pie. The meal was prepared and served by the Sedalia School District 200 food service staff, teachers and volunteers at the school.

Xavier Eberting enjoys a rice krispie bar as part of his Thanksgiving dinner Tuesday afternoon at Heber Hunt.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_tsd112615heberhunt81.jpgXavier Eberting enjoys a rice krispie bar as part of his Thanksgiving dinner Tuesday afternoon at Heber Hunt.

As with the first Thanksgiving more than 390 years ago, there were several Pilgrims, Native Americans and even some turkeys on hand at Heber Hunt Elementary’s ninth annual Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday morning.

When almost 600 guests are invited to the table, a lot of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and, of course, pumpkin pie is needed to satisfy palates and tummies of those in attendance.

“We all eat together to show how thankful we are for the many blessings we have,” Principal Brenden Eisenmenger said. “It’s a tradition we have continued since Mr. (Wade) Norton started the dinner nine years ago.”

Everyone in the building has a role to play at the dinner.

“Our students all do something to help, from the kindergartners who made the place-mats to the second grade classes who provided the entertainment and the members of the PTA who helped serve the meal, we all have a part here,” Eisenmenger added.

The meal was prepared by the food service staff at the school with the help of some of the staff at Heber Hunt.

“We had 50 pumpkin pies donated and some of our teachers came in last night and baked and cut the pies,” Eisenmenger said. “It takes a lot of work to make this possible and I am so grateful to my staff and everyone who helped.

“There are a lot of stakeholders who really care about these students and so we invited them to come today and be a part of our celebration,” Eisenmenger added.

Heber Hunt teacher Taylor Thomas asked her first grade students to list what was in their “Thankful Hearts.”

Listed are some of their responses:

Jesse Lacy: I am thankful for my class, my mom and my friends.

Reese Asbury: First, I am thankful for my teacher, Mrs. T. Next, I am thankful for my friends. They are nice and kind. I have a BFF. It is a girl. Her name is Hannah.

Angela Boone: First, I am thankful for my family. Next, I am thankful for Rose and Daisy. Last, I am thankful for my friends.

Jamion Grey: I am thankful for my mom and James. I am thankful for my shelter and good food and good drinks to drink. I am thankful for my family.

Ian Ucher: First, I am thankful for shelter. I am thankful for clothes. Also, I am thankful for my family. Then, I am thankful for food.

Ruby Poort: First, I am thankful for my shelter. Next, I am thankful for my mom and dad. Third, I am thankful for my clothes. Fourth, I am thankful for my books. The reason why I am thankful for shelter is because I do not want to get wet.

Maria Alejo: First, I am thankful for my teacher. Next, I am thankful for my sister. Last, I am thankful for my friends.

Jordan Kirkwood: First, I am thankful for games. Next, I am thankful for food. I am thankful for coloring.

Coleton Garrison: I am thankful for my mom and dad, and I am thankful for Mrs. T and for school where I learn a lot.

Rolando Romero: First, I am thankful for my family. Next, I am thankful for my Mom and Dad. Last, I am thankful for everything.

Michaela Soendker: First, I am thankful for my class. I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for my cat and for recess.

Emma Williams: First, I am thankful for my teacher Mrs. T. Next I am thankful for my family. Last, I am thankful for my friends.

Marcia Dulier: I am thankful for my parents. Second, I am thankful for my baby brother. I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for my food. It is so good.

Tate Williams: First, I am thankful for my moma. Next, I am thankful for my grammy Green and I am thankful for my aunt.

Alex Aguilar: I am thankful for my mom. I am thankful for my cats and I am thankful for my bed and food.

Nevaeh Brandt: I am thankful for my house and my mom and dad. I am thankful for my teacher and I am thankful for my toys.

Josephina Padilla: First, I am thankful for mom and dad. I am thankful for school where I can learn. I am thankful for Mrs. T, my teacher.

Briella Sims: I am thankful for my mom and dad. I am thankful for my friends, and I am thankful for my teachers and learning.

Grant Kroeger: I am thankful for my mom and dad and for my pet.

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Sedalia Democrat

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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