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Gratitude Wreath and Gallery

November 16, 2021
By Kaitlyn Seahorn

Gratitude Wreath and Gallery

This time of year, our homes become filled with decorations and celebrations. For the Thanksgiving season, I plan on having the students recognize what they are thankful for! An easy way to incorporate this at home is to have your kids write down, each day, one thing they are thankful for. Begin by cutting out a basic leaf shape and writing down one thing they are thankful for. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around your child will have filled an entire wreath with things that they are grateful for! I am more of a visual learner so here are a few examples of the wreaths. 

One of my favorite art teachers, Cassie Stephens, is also from Tennessee. She has so many great ideas and one of them is a Tiny Gallery of Gratitude. Kids can fill in tiny picture frames of things that they are grateful for. There are also many books on the idea of gratitude that could help your student understand this term (that I have listed below)! Both of these ideas are a great way for all of us to sit down and appreciate the blessings that God has given us. I hope that both or either of these projects will help spark some creativity in your homes!

“Ten Thank-You Letters” by Daniel Kirk

“A Perfect Day” by Lane Smith

“Those Shoes” by 

“The Thank You Book” by Mo Williams 



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Thanksgiving was in October?

November 17, 2020
By 5th Grade Students

Thanksgiving is coming up and this is what I learned. The first Thanksgiving lasted three days. Also, there was no turkey. The pilgrims didn’t wear black with belts on their hats. The pilgrims shot off guns in the sky so the Indians came. The pilgrims invited them to eat but there were so many people, some of the Indian men went and killed some deer. Also, Thanksgiving was in October! That is what I learned about Thanksgiving. ~ Thomas Duncan

My class has recently read about the first Thanksgiving. We learned about what all had happened. It’s very different from the story they tell you in kindergarten. On the first Thanksgiving, they had celebrated it in October, and they didn’t really think of it like we do. They thought of Thanksgiving as a festival, they shot off guns and wrestled. In our modern-day Thanksgiving, we give thanks to everyone and what they have given us. We eat turkey and meat. The natives and pilgrims had eaten fish and deer. We don’t wrestle or shoot off guns. We sit down at the table and talk to family members. We also celebrate Thanksgiving in November. Both Thanksgivings are amazing either way. You get to spend time with friends and family, I think that is amazing. ~ Lissie Edwards

The first Thanksgiving with the pilgrims and the Wampanoag was very different that it is now. It is different because the pilgrims and the Wampanoag wrestled, shot off their guns, and ate many different foods than we eat, now. Some examples of the food are: fish and other sea life, goose, duck, deer, and all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Not only did they eat different foods, they also feasted for three days in October. The first Thanksgiving was started to give thanks and be thankful for others and to celebrate the pilgrims making it through the winter. That is why Thanksgiving started; to be thankful for God, the new land, and peace between the Wampanoag. I think the first Thanksgiving was fun and exciting. It was a sign that the pilgrims were going to be successful. I think it’s also an important holiday to celebrate because we need to thank everyone and be thankful. The pilgrims and Wampanoag made all of this possible. ~ Genevieve Gardino

Happy Thanksgiving! My class has recently talked about our Thanksgiving versus the early Thanksgiving with the pilgrims. The pilgrims Thanksgiving is a little different from ours, now. Back then when the pilgrims had Thanksgiving, they would feast for three days. Unlike us, we only feast for one day, well maybe. I think we do feast for over one day because of leftovers. The pilgrims also had different food than us. They had fish, eels, lobster, crab, oysters, and a lot of other seafood. That’s kind of odd. That’s not your traditional Thanksgiving. You normally have turkey, pie, casserole, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and much more. They would also fetch and hunt deer. On my Thanksgiving, I go to my grandparents’ house. I go and eat so much food. Me, my brother, Palmer, and my cousin, William sometimes play football outside. Even though Thanksgiving isn’t my favorite holiday, I still love it. You can love so much about it. I think you can learn so much about the pilgrims in the early ages. And learn so much odd history. Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Stratton Harris

The first Thanksgiving was a little different from today’s Thanksgiving. First, they didn’t call it Thanksgiving. Abraham Lincoln wanted everyone to celebrate it during the Civil War to help unite the nation. And, we don’t know if they ate turkey! They also didn’t wear the clothes most people imagine. And when the natives heard gunshots coming from the pilgrims, they went to see what was going on. They realized that the pilgrims were shooting off their guns to celebrate the new colony. Then they invited the natives. But they didn’t have enough food so the natives went hunting for food. That feast lasted several days. Our Thanksgiving lasts only one day. ~ Grant Old

Today we are comparing and contrasting Thanksgiving to the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving. The Thanksgivings are alike because there is a feast with a lot of food and family. We always thank God for our gifts and pray for people who passed away. Today, we give thanks to everyone who comes and God who made our lives. Now, to contrast the Thanksgivings: they didn’t have turkey or pumpkin pie. It was first in October and was a harvest feast. They ate things like deer, instead of pie. Today, some tribes say it’s a day of mourning for the people who died in the creation of America. ~ Joseph Walters

My class just learned more about Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving, they had friends from a tribe called Wampanoag. They ate seeds, cabbage, carrots, turnips, onions, lobster, eels, oysters, and fish. At my house for Thanksgiving, we have turkey, stuffing, and a salami, cheese, and crackers platter. On the first Thanksgiving, they also had corn for bread and pudding. They might have eaten pumpkin but not pumpkin pie. For dessert, they had gooseberries, strawberries, and plums that had been picked and dried in the Spring. ~ Marie Walters

I am Thankful for... Thinking Outside the Box

November 12, 2019
By 8th Grade Students

                I am thankful for WORDS because they give me a way to communicate with people. I can communicate with words through speaking, writing, and also sign language. Without words, it would be so much harder to express myself. I don’t know what I would do without words. Words help by giving me a way to tell people things and they make life so much easier. – Charlie Hudspeth

                I am thankful for PERSONAL GROWTH because it opens up the world to diversity and change. Personal growth can change the worst of people to the best of them. It can change the type of music you like and who your friends and best friends are. Personal growth has helped me personally a lot in my life; it has made me into who I am today and will continue to shape me throughout my life. – Adam Hendon

                I am thankful for PEACE because it keeps us safe. If there was no peace in our world, our entire world would probably be destroyed. Without peace, people would probably get in fights all the time and nothing would come easy. God fives us free-will so we can choose what we want to do. We should always listen to what God is calling us to do. This way, we will live a happy and delightful life. – Colin Prentice

                I am thankful for CHANGE because, without it, life would be incredibly boring. If everything and everyone were to stay exactly the same from creation or birth, no progress could ever be made. Change keeps me hopeful for the future and excited for newer, better ideas and outlooks. It helps me to remember that no matter how bad things can get, nothing is permanent. Because of change, I am able to see improvement always as a goal, and never as an impossibility. – Evie Messinger

                I am thankful for FUN because it brings a happiness into my life. I am able to enjoy things more because I do not have to worry about them. Being able to do fun things makes everyone and myself more lively and compassionate. Without fun, I would be stressed out and frustrated about everything. – Morgan Smith

                I am thankful for SEASONS because without them it would be cold or hot all the time. Seasons help us by letting us be able to experience different weather. Because of seasons, we have snow. – Mason Zemaitis

                I am thankful for MEMORIES. I am thankful for memories because I can remember things that have happened in the past. I can know the people before me through memories. Because of memories, I can learn more about my history and the history that was in the world. – D’Qorian Berry

                I am thankful for IMAGINATION because I’m able to express my thoughts in my head without being judged. I’m also thankful because I can think about a lot of stuff that doesn’t make sense in the real world. – Jason Pina

               I am thankful for COLOR because color shows how unique everything is. Color lets people express themselves in many different ways. – Aiden Davis

                I am thankful for SUNSHINE because it reminds me that every day is a new day. I am also thankful for sunshine because it lets me know God has given me another wonderful day to live. Finally, the sunshine is beautiful and I love watching the sunset and seeing all the wonderful colors. – Olivia Wainright

                I am thankful for DIVERSITY because it lets people know that not everyone is the same. That we are all different. Diversity helps people stand out in a crowd. We are all our own person, and that is why I am thankful for diversity. – Zoe Crider

                I am thankful for MUSIC because I love listening to it in the car. I also am thankful for music because it helps me remember people I love and it makes me happy. Because of music, the world has sound and joy. – Guy Simmons

               I am thankful for EMOTIONS because, without them, I would not know how to react or feel at all. Emotions impact everyone and how they are today. – Carmen Mays

               I am thankful for MAGIC because it gives me entertainment. Because there is magic in the world, it gives the people of the world joy and happiness to others. – Dillard Shenoskey

               I am thankful for HOLIDAYS. A holiday is a certain day dedicated to spending time with your family and friends outside of work or school. I love how no holiday is ever the same! – Mary Rainer

               I am thankful for FORGIVENESS because I can still feel appreciated and accepted when I make a mistake that hurts someone physically or emotionally. Forgiveness can fix broken relationships. – Gannon Herndon

               I am thankful for TIME because I have enough of it to spend with my family. Time seems to lack in the present day and it is important to spend it wisely. Spending this valuable time with friends, family, and God are the best ways to spend it. – Nicky Valentino

                 I am thankful for LOVE. Love helps me and others get through tough times. The love of our family and friends helps me feel better. Love gives me hope for a better time in the future. – Marcy Bryant

                I am thankful for HOPE because it means there are better things to come. Wherever I am, especially if I feel burnt out or unhappy, things will improve eventually because of hope.  It lets me know that no matter how today was, there’s always a second chance tomorrow. Hope gives me a goal to work towards and something to be looking forward to. Hope puts me in the mindset to improve and try my hardest. – Camille Van Epps

                I am thankful for JOY because it makes happiness. Nobody could be thankful without joy, and the world would be depressing. Things being joyful makes the world a better place. – Robert Hutton

                I am thankful for COMPASSION because it helps me to be in other people’s shoes. Compassion is important because even if you are having a bad day someone might have compassion and want to cheer you up. There are so many amazing ways compassion can help you! – Ryan Kelly

                I am thankful for LAUGHTER because laughing is something I love to do. To me, laughing is a sign of joy and happiness. Another reason I am thankful for laughter is that it brings happiness and love to the world. Because we have laughter there are more happy people in the world. – Lilly Redeker

                I am thankful for PASSION because it gives me things to do and achieve. Because of my passion, I am different. – Michael Breheny

                I am thankful for LEARNING because it helps me prepare for my future. I am able to know more and more every day. Learning makes me feel joyful because I have the ability to lean about many different subjects/topics. Without learning I would not be exposed to certain things and ideas. – Ava Esteb

                I am very thankful for FREEDOM. I couldn’t be what I want to be or believe in what I want. America is a free country, and I live in America. Because of freedom, I don’t have to be scared of who I am. – Dominic Fay

                I am thankful for HOLIDAYS because of their ability to bring together my family. Holidays are often anchor-points to release stress and to add happiness to our lives. – Jakob Alperin

                I am thankful for TRADITIONS because most traditions include your family and friends. Traditions are fun! You can make the tradition better by adding more things to do with it. Most families have more than one tradition so you can experience more than just one tradition. Tradition affects me by going somewhere and handing out with family and having fun. – Carly Morris

                I am thankful for KNOWLEDGE because it gives me a chance to live. If I didn’t have knowledge, I wouldn’t be able to go to school to remember things. I need knowledge to remember important things and be successful. Because of knowledge, I am able to be successful in anything I choose to do. – Jaxson Myers

                I am thankful for IMAGINATION because there is no limit to anyone’s imagination. Without imagination, the world would be extremely boring. Anything or anyone could be part of an imagination. Imagination can give you a true feeling of your happiest times and moments. Imagination is like a dream that makes you forget about the sad times in life. It gives you the special power of expecting the extraordinary or the unexpected. Anyone can have an imagination because your mind is your only limit. – Ngan Nguyen

                I am thankful for THE UNKNOWN because it makes life worth living. It means there’s always more things to be learned, no matter how old or smart you are. Learning about the unknown can give us a sense of accomplishment by expanding our knowledge. The unknown makes life more fulfilling and mysterious. – Kaley Klucz

                I am thankful for CREATIVITY because I am a writer. Creativity gives my books an element of imagination that people can enjoy. Without creativity, my books would be boring. – Connor Duckworth

                I am thankful for FUN because if there wasn’t fun in the world, the world would be boring. When I have fun, I hang out with my friends. Having fun to me is being with my friends and playing sports. – Gabe Boyd

                I am thankful for MEMORIES because memories let me remember the past. Some people can’t remember things, I am grateful I can remember the fun things I have done. – Hannah Boswell

                I am thankful for PEACE because if we didn’t have peace, we would be a bad, mean world. Peace is good because we can be civilized people. Because of peace, the world is a very nice peaceful world. – Scott Young

                I am thankful for CHANGE because change made me meet new people. Change helps me discover new things. It also helped me to find new friends. – Jamill Valencla

                I am thankful for the SUNSHINE. The sunshine is important because it brightens everyone’s day and makes them happy. It also makes people smile, and it makes other people feel good. When the sun is out it makes us want to be outside and enjoy the day too. Sunshine makes the day happy. – Ellie Grace Stevens

                I am thankful for COMFORT because it helps people feel like they are safe. Comfort makes people feel loved and makes people feel like someone cares for them. Many people need comfort for many reasons. – Christy Estrada

                I am thankful for LIFE because it is the existence of an individual being or animal. Without life, nothing we know and love would be a thing. Because of life, you are able to have emotions. – Wyatt Vinton

                I am thankful for FREEDOM because we can live the way we want, we can play sports, we can go hunting or fishing, and we have the right to choose what faith we are. Freedom is so important because it can lead to enhanced expressions of creativity and original thought. – Palmer Harris

                I am thankful for INNOVATION, as it gives everyone a better quality of life. Innovation is the pathway for the betterment of human kind. Innovation leads to groundbreaking discoveries, which leads to happiness and an ever-changing world. – Armando Zavala

                I am thankful for SMILES because on a bad day, a smile cheers me up. Smiles on peoples’ faces brightens the day and makes others happy. Love and joy are spread to the world through smiles. – Grace Denegri     

                I am thankful for LAUGHTER because it can brighten up any day. Even if someone is sad, a simple joke or funny memory can make all of his or her worries disappear for a little while. Some of the best memories are made while laughing. – Allie Boutwell

                I am thankful for COLOR because it makes the world look good. It makes everything have texture. Without color the world would look boring. – Joseph Russell

                I am thankful for MUSIC because of its power. Music can be an escape for the mind because it can say things that you can’t express for yourself. Music is a way to communicate and understand others because there are so many styles of it. – Ines Maske

                I am thankful for MEMORIES because they are important to me. They remind me of where I have been and how far I have come. Also, I love reminiscing on the good things of my past. Because of memories I am able to enjoy more. – Saylor Handwerker

                I am thankful for HOPE because it gives me positivity and happiness. When we have hope it is easier to succeed. Hope is believing in something great and trying to fulfill that dream. I am thankful that my family and I have hope. – Nazar Abushanap

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