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November 24, 2015 Giving Thanks by Helping Others By Rhonda Stewart
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    For most people, when they hear the word November, Thanksgiving is one of the first associations that comes to mind. Thanksgiving means lots of turkey and all of the trimmings. Mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, string bean casserole, and collard greens are just a few of the side dishes we are familiar with. And who can forget desserts? For most it's pumpkin, pecan, or sweet potato pie! No matter whose Thanksgiving table you are sitting at, you're bound to find something that is absolutely yummy and spells Thanksgiving to you.

    But there are some who struggle with having enough food at any time of the year. And for this holiday that celebrates bounty, they depend on the generosity of others to supplement the food that goes on their kitchen table.

    My school encourages its students to become involved in our local community. This helps the students to begin to understand their role in the larger world and the value and responsibility of helping others less fortunate than themselves. The month of November is usually the kickoff for all of the community service activities of the school year in which the students will become involved. Our school, like many others around the country, is currently participating in collecting nonperishable goods for the local food bank to assist families during the holidays.

     

    GETTING STUDENTS INVOLVED!

       

    During the first week of November, food bins were placed in the front lobby of the school. To get the school community more involved, students created informational posters that are displayed around the premises as a reminder to donate food items. Daily morning announcements supporting the efforts of the food drive help to keep the momentum going. For the class that donates the most items, they will receive a reward for their efforts. (Rumor has it that it could possibly be a Dunkin' Donuts treat!)

    Each homeroom is responsible for keeping a tally of how may items they have collected. We have a bin in our classroom where students place their food. Once the bin is full, the food gets dropped off in the lobby and placed in the containers that are there for that purpose. We are already filling our second bin!

    My generous students; Malinda, who created our homeroom sign

    I am so thankful that my homeroom students have embraced the spirit of giving and helping others. The final collection day is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Wish us luck for having the largest amount of donations. Stay tuned! It looks like it is going to be a tight competition.

    So from my school family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving!

    As we move from the season for giving thanks into the season for giving, please accept special savings at the Scholastic Store for readers, friends, and family of the Top Teaching blog.

    Looking for some great recipes of the holidays? Check out some recommendations from the Top Teaching bloggers:

    Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    Fast and Easy Sweet Potatoes

    Pumpkin Fluff

    Pineapple Casserole

    7-Up Cake

    Cream Cheese and Cheese Balls

    Cheese Balls and Turkey Pretzels

    For most people, when they hear the word November, Thanksgiving is one of the first associations that comes to mind. Thanksgiving means lots of turkey and all of the trimmings. Mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, string bean casserole, and collard greens are just a few of the side dishes we are familiar with. And who can forget desserts? For most it's pumpkin, pecan, or sweet potato pie! No matter whose Thanksgiving table you are sitting at, you're bound to find something that is absolutely yummy and spells Thanksgiving to you.

    But there are some who struggle with having enough food at any time of the year. And for this holiday that celebrates bounty, they depend on the generosity of others to supplement the food that goes on their kitchen table.

    My school encourages its students to become involved in our local community. This helps the students to begin to understand their role in the larger world and the value and responsibility of helping others less fortunate than themselves. The month of November is usually the kickoff for all of the community service activities of the school year in which the students will become involved. Our school, like many others around the country, is currently participating in collecting nonperishable goods for the local food bank to assist families during the holidays.

     

    GETTING STUDENTS INVOLVED!

       

    During the first week of November, food bins were placed in the front lobby of the school. To get the school community more involved, students created informational posters that are displayed around the premises as a reminder to donate food items. Daily morning announcements supporting the efforts of the food drive help to keep the momentum going. For the class that donates the most items, they will receive a reward for their efforts. (Rumor has it that it could possibly be a Dunkin' Donuts treat!)

    Each homeroom is responsible for keeping a tally of how may items they have collected. We have a bin in our classroom where students place their food. Once the bin is full, the food gets dropped off in the lobby and placed in the containers that are there for that purpose. We are already filling our second bin!

    My generous students; Malinda, who created our homeroom sign

    I am so thankful that my homeroom students have embraced the spirit of giving and helping others. The final collection day is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Wish us luck for having the largest amount of donations. Stay tuned! It looks like it is going to be a tight competition.

    So from my school family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving!

    As we move from the season for giving thanks into the season for giving, please accept special savings at the Scholastic Store for readers, friends, and family of the Top Teaching blog.

    Looking for some great recipes of the holidays? Check out some recommendations from the Top Teaching bloggers:

    Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    Fast and Easy Sweet Potatoes

    Pumpkin Fluff

    Pineapple Casserole

    7-Up Cake

    Cream Cheese and Cheese Balls

    Cheese Balls and Turkey Pretzels

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