Celebration brings an early Thanksgiving to Valle Lindo

Children’s Home Society child mentor coordinator Mariela Rosas serves candied yams to a boy during the Sunday meal at the Children’s Museum of Walla Walla.

Children’s Home Society child mentor coordinator Mariela Rosas serves candied yams to a boy during the Sunday meal at the Children’s Museum of Walla Walla. Photo by Alfred Diaz.

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WALLA WALLA — They gobbled up a chance to make paper gobblers, read about what was gobbled at the first Thanksgiving and gobbled some favorite foods from different cultures.

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Walla Walla University elementary education student Eileen Rojas helps a child with her project.

Volunteers from Walla Walla University on Sunday at Children’s Museum of Walla Walla led 24 children from Valle Lindo, formerly the Walla Walla Farm Labor Homes, in reading read a play about the first Thanksgiving, creating paper turkeys and enjoying favorite Thanksgiving foods.

The activities were designed to teach English to the children, who are mostly native Spanish speakers.

“The Farm Labor children are a special group to us because they are right down the road from us,” WWU professor of education Tammy Randolph said.

The program was paid for by a grant from Wild Horse Resort & Casino

WWU volunteers also conduct weekly teaching activities with Valle Lindo and Davis Elementary students. This year they also will sponsor a FIRST Lego League robotics team.

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