Franklin preschool celebrates thankfulness, opportunities to give back


Franklin resident Laura Turner brings her  turkeys to show and tell for children at Berry's Chapel Preschool in Franklin on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.  Turner has been educating children about turkeys for 30 years.

Williamson County resident Laura Turner, best known as a community preservationist, introduced James to students at Berry’s Chapel Preschool in Franklin on Tuesday.

James, Turner’s trusted turkey friend, sat contentedly in her lap, feathers unruffled as children lined up to pet him.

They giggled as James gobbled while Turner read, what she calls his favorite story, “Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving.” 

As she carefully removed the 6-month-old turkey from his cage to greet the children, Turner taught them about the domesticated turkey’s farm life.

Franklin resident Laura Turner brings her  turkeys to show and tell for children at Berry's Chapel Pre-School in Franklin on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.  Turner has been educating children about turkeys for 30 years.

Inquisitive 3-year old Jude Herndon asked if turkeys could fly. Turner explained that although James is content to peck on the ground at the farm, wild turkeys are able to soar. 

Preschool director Briana Froud said the children were excited to have Turner continue her 30-year tradition of visiting the school with turkeys in tow. 

“We felt that we could continue our tradition safely this year,” Froud said. We have a large space to accommodate our classes in shifts. Mrs. Turner was excited to come, and we were excited to have her.”

Turner said she’s “very grateful that with an abundance of caution, the turkeys and I were able to teach another lesson, even in this pandemic.”

Franklin resident Laura Turner brings her pet turkeys to show and tell for children at Berry's Chapel Preschool in Franklin on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.  Turner has been educating children about her turkeys for 30 years.

One Generation Away food distribution nonprofit

As the season of thankfulness transitions into the season of giving, there are opportunities around Williamson County to give to charitable organizations focused on serving families in need. Many organizations are also looking for volunteers.

One Gen Away food distribution nonprofit is partnering with Menu Makers Catering to give a Thanksgiving meal to families in need. To purchase a meal for a family, contact menumakercatering.com or email info@menumakercatering.com.



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