Walker Elementary students learn holiday culinary skills (gallery)


Walker Elementary School first-grader Ariana Griffin stirs filling for apple pies her class made.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Before Thanksgiving break, Walker Elementary School kindergarten teacher Mary Riley taught students a thing or two about 17th-century hardships, and then gave a practical demonstration.

“When the Pilgrims wanted something to eat, did they go to the grocery store and buy it?” she asked the kids.

After a chorus of no’s, one student pointed out there were no grocery stores in Plymouth Plantation colony.

So what did Pilgrims do if they needed butter?

“They had to make it themselves,” Riley said.

With that, she half filled a quart jar with heavy cream — cuing 14 young butter churners to get to work.

Students took turns shaking the jar, inserting each student’s name in a ditty Riley taught the kids:

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