During recent middle and high school Gatherings, students were provided the opportunity to express publicly things for which they were personally thankful. Heartfelt responses ranged from thankfulness for specific family members and friends to recognition of sacrifices made on the students' behalf and the resulting opportunities experienced and enjoyed. This time of sharing seemed to change the very atmosphere in the room, causing one to contemplate how different might our hallways, classrooms, and homes be if verbal expressions of gratitude became as natural as breathing.
William Arthur Ward states, "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."During this season in which Thanksgiving is an event dictated by the calendar, I hope that we are a school community composed of families and staff that freely share the gift of genuine verbalized gratitude.
We are thankful for you.