The Onekama 4th Grade is holding its
12th Annual Great Turkey Competition

It's that time of year to vote for your favorite turkey! Ballots will be in the elementary teachers mailboxes, and in the student services office for middle school and high school.

Voted Top Three



Not all Northern Michigan turkeys are running for their lives this Thanksgiving. A few are sitting very still, proudly on display in the entryway at Onekama Elementary School.

For the twelfth consecutive year, the fourth grade class of Onekama School is participating in the Great Turkey Competition. Students are given the task of designing and building a model of a turkey. Imagination and originality are the keys to these turkey creations, and the finished products become the talk of the school each Thanksgiving.

Onekama fourth grader Amanda Babcock enjoyed the experience of participating in the Great Turkey Competition. She commented, “It was very fun making a turkey. My mom and I worked together on my gem turkey. We are going to use it as our centerpiece for our Thanksgiving dinner.”

Onekama teachers Tracy Bennett and Bonnie Brown, who organize the Great Turkey Competition each year, never fail to be impressed by the ingenuity that goes into these student-driven creations. Explained Bennett, “The turkey contest is a fun at-home project in which students are asked to make creativity come alive. It gives students the chance to work with a family member and have fun while doing it. This is our twelfth year doing this project, and it never ceases to amaze myself and Mrs. Brown at the variety of ideas that families create. Each turkey is unique in its own way.”

Students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade participate in voting for their favorite turkey, and the winners are announced on the last day of school before Thanksgiving break. Added Bennett, “It's a great feeling to see our former turkey participants looking over the display and reminiscing about the turkey that they once made.”

Those who enter Onekama Elementary School in the days to come should be prepared to be greeted by a gaggle of original turkeys, and by a colorful and inspired display of students’ imagination-in-action.

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