Humbolt students gobble up turkey assignment

Humbolt sixth-grade teacher Georgia Boethin holds up ‘turkey in disguise' artwork as the students try to guess who created it. The multimedia piece by William Shaw shows a turkey persuading people to eat pizza for Thanksgiving instead, hiding behind a Figaro's Pizza cardboard cutout face.

Humbolt Elementary teacher Georgia Boethin gave her class of 18 sixth-graders a gobbler of a take-home art assignment over Veterans Day weekend.

“The project was to disguise the Thanksgiving turkey, partially prompted by something we read that stated that the first Thanksgiving did not have turkey,” she said.

The students were asked to add texture to their designs, and they each came up with unique ideas.

In their Nov. 14 class, the students guessed who made each project and later described the inspiration behind the disguises they chose.

Maddie McManus said, “We can’t celebrate Thanksgiving before Christmas.” So, she disguised her turkey as a Christmas tree.

“If a turkey is trying not to get found, there is nothing better than camo,” said Charlie Knowles.

Jacey Mickey covered her turkey with cotton balls, representing snow. She said she’s wishing for a lot of snow this winter.

Madelyn Bailey said she decided on a Captain America outfit for her turkey.

“I love superheroes, and Captain America is one of my all-time favorites,” she said.

“I know that this class is creative and expected some really creative results, but they surpassed my expectations,” Boethin said.

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