Thanksgiving is such a cool holiday. People. Food. Gratitude. What more could we ask for? And it is a time to pause, reflect and truly appreciate those who make a difference. To say, “Thanks” and to possibly do some more giving as well.
At Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, CA, Annie Hanson and the rest of her coordinating team takes the opportunity to thank their leaders for all that they are doing to improve the culture and support the freshmen at their school. They host a “Thanks for Giving” banquet in their gym. All the Link Leaders dress up and the gym is filled with a circle of tables for their feast as well as a Karaoke Korner, Just Dance and Video Games on a giant screen, card tables with board games and a photo booth. The adults provide the turkeys (chickens actually!) and the kids all bring a side dish for a fantastic potluck. It is playful and fun and a great opportunity for the Leaders to be thanked for all of their efforts so far.
At Martin Luther Middle School in OH, the WEB Leaders decided to merge Thanksgiving with Staff Appreciation and threw a luncheon for the entire staff. They decorated the library replete with candles (battery charged so no fire hazard!), nice tablecloths, real plates, silverware and glasses. Each place card had a staff member’s name on it with positive words to describe that person. The WEB Leaders all dressed up and served the teachers, having been trained in proper and genial service. Then, while the staff was eating, some other WEB Leaders did a Reader’s Theater, reading appreciation letters to each staff member. The details are awesome and really show a genuine appreciation.
We at the Boomerang Project are genuinely thankful for you and your willingness to be part of the revolution of kindness. Each day we hear stories from you about the difference that your Leaders are making at your school, in your students’ lives. And it is because of you and your commitment to guide, inspire and teach them how to do that.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~G.K. Chesterton