The celebration began in the gym hallway, where sixth graders exhibited their colorful, imaginative turkey sculptures. Then, in an assembly filled with music, poetry, and wise words, our community found much to celebrate.
Mark Stanek warmly welcomed everyone and spoke about the how the love and support one experiences growing up shapes who we become. He shared stories of the many ways his grandmother encouraged him. “I would not be the person I am today without her unconditional love and support.” Mark asked everyone to take a moment to reflect on those who have offered inspiration or support. “On this Thanksgiving holiday, I encourage each you to express gratitude to these people.”
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 Grade IV sang Harvest Song. The Blue Chorus performed Proud Corazon, accompanied by a percussion section and Kamen Kaleb on viola. The Grade VIII Spanish class performed Estamos Agradecidos por el Hogar, dancing energetically as they sang. And Darin Goulet, Kabir Sen, and Heather Stewart led the gathering in several All Sings.
Two eighth graders offered individual contributions of special note. Yaman Habip spoke of how he appreciated Shady Hill’s warm, diverse, inclusive community and his close connections to friends and teachers. “I have also learned that small acts can help make the world a better place and that change can happen.” Ford Legg recalled memories that sprang to mind as he walked past his former classrooms. “I remember hatching and releasing butterflies in Beginners. Now, with all our hopes and dreams, we ourselves are butterflies soon ready for release.”
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from all of us at Shady Hill!