Thanksgiving 2020 at Crossroads

November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

For 21 years, Crossroads celebrated Thanksgiving with our students the day before their break, with a Friendship Feast. Classrooms made beautiful centerpieces and placemats. All of the classrooms would prepare a dish to share, and parents would chip in for some extra help, and we’d all come together in the gym/cafeteria for a meal. Children were taught to say “yes please”, “no thank you”, and encouraged to try new foods.

This was the first year that things were very different. Since all of our classrooms are operating as single “pods” or units, classes aren’t getting together with each other. They aren’t sharing spaces with other classes, nor are they sharing supplies, food dishes, or other things as they used to.

This year, though, as is the way here at Crossroads, everyone did their best to keep some special traditions in place, while at the same time keeping the children and staff all safe. This year, classes had separate Thanksgiving lunches, celebrating quietly together in their classrooms, with pizza and some light snacks, rather than coming together.

One of our long-time favorite traditions is our Thankful Wreathe! Each child writes on a leaf, or tells his or her teacher what to write, saying what he/she is thankful for. It’s a great way to teach children about the feelings of gratitude that people have, and how to foster that sense. It’s also a wonderful way to teach children about the first Thanksgiving, and how our forefathers must have felt after surviving so much.

Despite some very difficult circumstances this year, we all have much to be thankful for, if we only remember to be. If you look at it from the eyes of our children here, everything else falls into perspective. It’s the little things that are the big things.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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