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Students Share Their Appreciation and Thankfulness

For Thanksgiving this year, students share out what they are thankful for
A Thanksgiving cornucopia. Graphic Credit: M. Ansorge/staff

During the beginning of the holiday season, students often have a lot to be thankful for. Varying from friends and family, to clothes and shoes, everyone has a unique way of expressing and showing their appreciation. For most, Thanksgiving is a time for lots of food at a large dinner and family gatherings, but it is also a time to be thankful for the ones that matter the most and play the biggest role in their lives. Thanksgiving can also be a time to remember all of the past memories and times that their loved ones have made the moment unforgettable or done something so special for them that they will cherish it.
“I like that Thanksgiving is a day to acknowledge the things in life that you are grateful for,” freshman Stella Crater said.
When it comes to traditions, every family is different and unique. From friendsgiving, family gatherings, or even just dinner with the inner family at home, every tradition is equally important and special to every individual.
“Something that my family does that not a lot of other families do is celebrate Christmas on Thanksgiving,” freshman Ali LaBonte said.
Some traditions are celebrated in other ways. A popular way to celebrate and show the love and thankfulness that they have for each other and their families is by getting a fake tree and hanging their thanks on the branches. This can be used to show their families that they still care, even if they do not say it directly to their faces.
“I usually just celebrate at my house, with my family and go out with friends sometimes,” freshman Carson Ball said.
Reassurance or thank-yous given through prayers at the dinner table or even in a text message can be the highlight of their day. Even just a reminder that their care for a loved one can be one of the most effective ways to show that they are thinking about them.
“I show my family that I care by spending quality time with them, just being around them. I enjoy being around them for the most part,” Ball said.
One of the simplest things to be thankful for can sometimes be the biggest thing that affects their lives. One singular person can affect someone drastically. For example, keeping in touch with and being friendly with one another makes the relationship between them grow stronger.
“I am thankful for my friends, family, and [my boyfriend]. I am also thankful for good health and not dying,” Crater said.

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Marissa Ansorge is a freshman in her first year of newspaper. Marissa chose to take this class because she wanted to try something new that the middle school didn’t have to offer. Marissa is a journalist for the newspaper team. Marissa enjoys playing travel volleyball in her free time and hanging out with her friends.

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