Thanksgiving is a time of thankfulness and togetherness, unless you happen to be a turkey. In the case of the fine, feathered fowl that graces the tables of American families on the fourth Thursday of November, the Thanksgiving season is not a fortuitous time. Even vegetarianism can do little to settle the nerves of these birds, as only 3.4 percent of American adults are vegetarian or vegan, according to a 2015 Vegetarian Resource Group national survey. To make light on these facts of turkey life, Paul Banks second grade teacher Jennifer Olson assigned her students with the task of disguising turkeys to help them escape the holiday chopping block. Students brought home the project to work on with their family to come up with creative costumes and write reasons people should not eat turkey for Thanksgiving. Additionally, students had to come up with an alternative food item for people to replace the turkey. The sentences are written in dialogue bubbles, as if the incognito turkeys are giving this advice themselves.
“I had them give reasons not to eat turkey because the answers the kids come up with are absolutely hilarious and very clever,” Olson said. “I love that most of them tie in the reasons with what they disguised their turkeys as.” Though most might not be swayed by the camouflaged turkeys’ suggestions, the project could provide ideas for the future, just in case another delayed barge threatens to deprive Homer of the prominent protein another Thanksgiving.
— Anna Frost