What are you thankful for? Fredericktown Intermediate School students in Shannon Hovis' 5th grade class took a moment to share what this time of year means to them and what they are most thankful for.
"I am thankful for veterans because we wouldn't be as safe," Alexis Waggner said. "Another reason why I am thankful for veterans is because they risk their lives for us every day. They are probably the main reason we are all at school and why we are safe."
Waggner said her aunt and grandpa are veterans. She said she loves them and says thank you for their bravery.
"I just really like Thanksgiving because I get to be with a whole bunch of my family," Waggner said. "My aunt from California and my cousins. My aunt's actually pregnant right now with a girl."
Cheyenne Kopplin said she is thankful for her freedom because if we did not have freedom, most of us would not be alive.
"Another thing I am thankful for is family and friends because they support one another, whatever is going on," Kopplin said. "Another thing I am thankful for is my church because it makes me feel that I have another family."
Kopplin said church makes her feel calm. She said she is also thankful for football because it is the best sport in the world.
"Thanksgiving means to give thanks to my family and friends and just remember how the pilgrims and Indians had their first dinner," Kopplin said. "Family that lives out of state, basically the only family that lives out of state is Nevada, and they come down sometimes."
Kopplin said she loves spending time with all of her cousins and getting to see everyone.
"I am thankful for my family, oxygen, food, drinks, a house, llamas and friends," Layla Quartararo said. "First off, my family, they are always there for me when I need them. Secondly, oxygen it keeps us alive and we breathe it.
"Finally, my llamas they are like mental support animals to me. I love them."
Nathan Jenkins said he is thankful for his family because they love him. He is thankful for texting so he can talk to them. He also said he is thankful for oxygen, food, drinks, his house and his friends.
"I'm thankful for my life because some kids don't have what I have," Laney Walker said. "Some kids don't have good clothes, don't have that much food. Some don't even have shoes."
Walker said Thanksgiving is really important to her because she gets to see a lot of people she does not get to see very often like her cousins.
"I am thankful for my family because someone in my family has passed, so I feel they are really important," Breanna Bone said. "I feel like family is like food, you ate it and can't get it back until heaven."
Bone said her family would do anything for her. They love every holiday, love to celebrate and always stick together.
"I am thankful for my family because they do a lot for me and my brother and sister," Michaela Reagan said. "One reason is they take me everywhere. For example they took me to Jupiter Beach, Florida, Hobart, Indiana and Wisconsin Dells for the softball world series. Another reason is because I love them, and they love me."
Reagan said if her family did not love her, they would not have taken her all those places for softball.
Both Sophie Haferkamp and Autumn Bess said they were thankful for dogs in their lives.
"My grandma's dog, 'Midnight,' she is my best friend," Bess said. "If I didn't have her, I would be sad."
Bess said Thanksgiving is the only time she gets to see her family members from far away.
"I am thankful for my doggie," Haferkamp said. "I have a girl. Her name is Ellie. Whenever we got her, she was actually sick and we had to take her to the vet numerous times. She will be 8 on Dec. 7."
Haferkamp said she is also thankful for home, family, friends, parents and apple juice, "because apple juice."
From the minds of local youth it is easy to see how much we all have to be thankful for this holiday season. Family, friends, dogs and llamas these 5th graders covered all the bases, big and small.
Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at email@example.com
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