Our annual Thanksgiving celebration was a big hit this year. Around 200 students, staff, teachers, and volunteers came together to share food and play Thanksgiving games.
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful, and it is especially important to our extended LSS family. Students and teachers, together, worked hard for a memorable celebration. Some students spoke and shared what they were thankful for, one class sang “Over the River,” and many students shared their gratitude and their feather on our Thanksgiving turkey. Armed with 300 paper feathers, teachers and students discussed the importance of Thanksgiving and decorated the feathers with those things that the students were most grateful for. Then students and teachers then added their feather to the turkey.
And what are our students thankful for? What did the feathers say? Answers varied from family, life, a safe home, America, a new chance, school, teachers to a better life, peace, freedom, and God.
LSS Classroom Volunteer Jenna said, “My favorite thanksgiving moment so far has been spending time with dozens and dozens of refugees and immigrants as we shared a (wonderfully international) Thanksgiving dinner. They all wrote something they were thankful for, and their words and spirit have been so humbling.”
After all the festivities, students, volunteers, and staff alike, were able to sit down and enjoy a wonderful internationally Thanksgiving meal complete with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and of course pumpkin pie alongside singryla, tamales, sambusa, and chow mein! Such a wonderful feast for a wonderful day!
Written by Heather Glidewell and Silke Hansen, LSS ESL Instructors