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Students, families participate in Thanksgiving tradition

Krystle Wagner • Nov 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM

After spending Tuesday morning chopping and preparing ingredients, students from the Voyager School and their parents dined on Stone Soup.

The annual Thanksgiving tradition at the Grand Haven school is based on the book, “Stone Soup.” In the book, townspeople share their food to make a meal for everyone.

In addition to donated ingredients, students harvested their school garden for items such as potatoes, parsley, kale, onion, oregano, turnips and carrots. The kids also made bread and butter to accompany the soup.

The feast is a tradition that 7-year-old Ellie Goers looks forward to each year.

“It’s fun,” she said. “You get to make it.”

When Goers thought her bowl felt a little heavier than normal, she learned she received her first stone.

If a student finds a stone in their bowl of soup, they make a wish. Goers said they’re supposed to keep the wish a secret.

As older students served soup to their younger classmates, Cassidy Harper, a Voyager School alumna, said it was “awesome” to see the longstanding tradition continued. When Harper recently ran into Voyager teacher Jim Sommerfeldt, he invited her to join them for the Stone Soup.

Being back in the classrooms with former teachers was like being with family, Harper said.

“It’s like hanging out with my aunt and uncle,” she said. “It’s fun.”

Harper and her father, Reggie, participated in the feast on Tuesday. Reggie Harper said the Voyager School is one of the best programs the district has continued over the years.

“It was a blessing,” he said.

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