EdWatch: Thanksgiving tradition at Tatnall lives on
By Amy Cherry

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VIDEO: WDEL's Amy Cherry has more in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.

It's a decades-old tradition: Kids at The Tatnall School learn how a Thanksgiving feast comes together by spending some time in the kitchen themselves.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has more in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.

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Kneading, pounding, braiding -- kids at The Tatnall School are working hard in the kitchen to gear up for their Thanksgiving feast.

Maureen Ecternach says it's part of a 40-year tradition.

"The first grade buys apples; the third grade then takes those apples and makes applesauce. The second grade makes the butter, and the fourth grade makes the bread, and then we all feast on it the Wednesday before Thanksgiving," says Ecternach.

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Isabella Dinni loves spending time in the kitchen.

"I do it all the time at home. I like kind of rolling up my sleeves and getting my hands in the dough and just molding it, it's really fun," says Dinni.

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Nine-year-old Cameron Wright mixed flour and yeast until it got really sticky.

"Making bread is a little bit harder than we think it is, and you get to use your hands for something different," Wright says.

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But both agreed making butter was hard work.

"We had cream in a jar and a partner. Someone would shake it for 60 seconds and then the other person would shake it for 60 seconds," says Dinni.

"Was it quite a workout?" I asked

"Yes it was," Dinni said.

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The kids spent nearly an hour shaking those mason jars.

"They're looking at the color; they can tell by how it's feeling that it's getting thicker," says Ecternach.

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Dinni learned to cook from her grandma, and while she says grandma's bread is best, she loves Tatnall's Thanksgiving feast.

"The experience is really fun because you actually get to see how it's all made because it doesn't start in a grocery store," Dinni says.

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