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Local first-graders express Thanksgiving-season gratitude

The Pioneer Press asked local first-graders to write (and draw) about what they are thankful for, and included a selection of the 500+ submissions in an article posted Saturday.

The topics were wide-ranging, as some children expressed thanks for the customary "family and friends," whereas others were thankful for "the Army" and "xylophones," the Pioneer Press said.

A few submissions that were selected by the Pioneer Press include:

"I am thankful for presidents. They keep us safe. They help the city. They love us! Forever and ever!" -Ansel Sanchez, 6, Apple Valley; Paideia

"I am thankful for Vaseline and ChapStick for my chapped lips." -Holly Becker, 6, Eagan; Deerwood Elementary

"I am thankful for xylophones because they make good music." -Alexa Murray, 6, West St. Paul; Somerset Heights Elementary

"I am thankful for my grandpa, who died, because he and I drank root beer floats." -Logan Finkel, 7, St. Paul; Somerset Heights Elementary

"I am thankful my mommy's heart healed. I love my mom. I hope she gets better." -Luke Wasson, 6, Falcon Heights; Minnehaha Academy

"I like guinea piggies because they smell me. Two guinea pigs nibble on my finger, and it tickles me. They think I'm a carrot." -Erik Haider, 7, Mendota Heights, Somerset Heights Elementary School