The celebration began in the gym hallway where the sixth-graders exhibited four colorful, imaginative, ginormous turkey statues. The new twist was that, rather than individual gobbler
Mark Stanek warmly welcomed everyone and described one of his family traditions--having each person at the table share something they are grateful for. In that spirit, he mentioned that there was someone he was particularly appreciative of, thanks to the many ways this person has influenced, guided, and inspired him. Then he beckoned Lower School Head Serena Wilkie Gifford forward and presented her with a beautiful bouquet. He explained that Serena is off in a month to become the new Head of Tower School in Marblehead and that he wanted to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge her.
Many groups contributed to the day’s success. The Beginners charmed the crowd with their Turkey Gobble dance. Grade III recited Give Thanks for the Whale and performed Dance for the Nations. Grade IV sang We'll All Meet Again, and the Silver Chorus performed O Lux Beatissima. Darin Goulet, Kabir Sen, and Erin Camp led the gathering in several All Sings.
Two eighth-graders offered individual contributions of special note. Jasper Hawk related the history of Thanksgiving and then spoke of his close connections to his Shady Hill friends and teachers. “This community has prepared me for the next step in my life. In a nutshell, I am thankful to have spent ten wonderful years in the company of all of you.” Julia Teller expanded her definition of "family" to include the tight-knit groups that have shaped, inspired, and supported her-- her gymnastics team, summer camp friends, and teachers, classmates, and friends at Shady Hill. Then looking out into the room, she said, " I am so thankful to everyone in my life. Every single one of you has had an immense impact on my life."
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from all of us at Shady Hill!