Miss Grotke is telling her class about the first Thanksgiving. How the noble, wise Native American’s shared their food with the European savages. Her words not mine, but who am I to argue with history.
Principle Prickly comes over the intercom to remind the students about the annual Thanksgiving food drive. The class that collects the most by the end of the week will win a Turkey dinner. Miss Grotke’s class is less than enthused because they know the class with the Ashleys will win. The Ashelys are all rich and every year since kindergarten their parents have bought tons of food to help their daughters win.
The entire class, minus Mikey decided it’s not worth it. Mikey goes from house to house collecting canned goods, with little success compared to the Ashleys. Mikey isn’t in it to win though. He just wants to help people. His friends finally decided to join in, but only to show up the Ashleys. Of course the Ashelys find a way to outdo them. TJ and his friends convince the other kids to help them for the sake of beating the Ashleys. Mikey is just exited thinking about all the people they’re going to help.
At the assembly for the final count, where a woman from 3rd Street School’s first graduating class back in 1928 is there to present the prize. Both classes tie with 4362 cans. The elderly woman has a can of food to give to the winning class, but everyone begins to fight over it. Well, everyone but Mikey, who tries so hard to be the voice of reason. The pyramid of all the cans they’ve collected is knocked over ruining all the food. Mikey is upset because now all that food can’t go to a needy family.
His friends feel bad and call their friends and family in other neighborhoods and talk to local grocery store owners about donating meals to homeless shelters. As the group tells Mikey that all this is happening because of him, Principle Prickly comes over the intercom once more, this time to remind everyone that the annual toy drive is coming up.
I love this episode. It’s a sweet story and shows the true meaning of Thanksgiving. This episode also appears as a flashback in the Christmas special.