Eight-year-old Ryanne Mullen gravitated toward the sweetest item on her plate, the cranberry sauce.
Asked how she felt about the Fifth Annual Thanksgiving Feast at Bible Baptist Christian School, the second-grader exclaimed, "Fantastic!"
Students, faculty and staff members at the private Christian school, in Hampton, were treated to the feast Friday, before departing for the Thanksgiving holiday.
"I'm thankful for my teachers, and I'm thankful for my friends," declared Mullen, one among the 200 students and 40 faculty and staff members indulging in turkey and stuffing.
"I think it's really a nice thing to do," said Ginni Dickinson, a grandparent volunteer at Bible Baptist.
Dickinson joined more than two dozen other parent volunteers who prepared and served the mid-day meal, complete with sweet corn and mashed potatoes and gravy.
"We try to honor God on this day," added Dickinson, whose grandchild took part in the school's Thanksgiving program.
Friday's festivities included a chapel service as well, in which students sang hymns and recited poems and scripture.
"We had an excellent message [from Youth Pastor Robert Rossiter] ... that God is always good," said Vicki Petersen, first-grade teacher and lower elementary supervisor.
The young people at Bible Baptist also were offered an opportunity to give testimony, and say what they are thankful for.
"I'm very thankful that I'm able to go to a Christian school and that America is still free enough to allow you to do that," said 17-year-old Joseph Henry, a senior.
Henry has attended the school for the past 11 years, and plans to continue his Christian service by studying Bible in college, to one day become an advisor at a Christian camp.
He said Friday's event was a fulfilling start to his Thanksgiving holiday.
"They [the feast organizers] are very creative," Henry said. "It's hard to do, but they do a pretty good job."
The feast is the brainchild, and annual effort of parent volunteer, Liz Felten, who spearheaded the Bible Baptist tradition five years ago.
"We do it because we love the kids and the staff," said Felten.