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By Jack Gurner
WATER VALLEY – The true spirit of Thanksgiving became more real to the students at Davidson Elementary School last week as the youngsters participated in projects to help them understand what it means to be thankful.
One of the projects was the third annual “Cans for a Cause” food drive that netted 2,712 cans for needy families, according to project coordinator Hannah Higdon, a member of the Student Council.
The students competed to see which class could collect the most cans of food, which are then donated to Compassion Ministries for distribution. On Thursday Student Council members spent part of the morning loading a trailer to transport the food.
Up and down the halls, the youngsters had posted comments and drawings related to Thanksgiving. The major theme – other than turkeys – was to express “what I am thankful for.”
One little girl named Layla had drawn a poster of the various things for which she is thankful. Along with her mom, dad, and her teacher, Layla is also thankful for Jesus, bugs, her school bus, church, her howse (house), fire fiters (firefighters), pepele (people), and the whole world. She didn’t want to leave anyone out.
Not far away, the youngsters in Mrs. Jill Hill’s classroom were putting their thoughts on paper for the Herald. Shaniana wrote that she is thankful for her clothes and shoes, while John is thankful for food. Colin and Nick were more specific. Colin is thankful for cake and Nick for water.
Caitlyn said that she is thankful for her Dad and Granddad and Colin is thankful for his health and strength.
Kimberly said that she is most thankful for the Indians and pilgrims and Martavius is thankful for Thanksgiving “to eat on a holiday.”
Haley is thankful for her Gameboy, Camya for her DS game, and Kameron for his PSP.
Jacob said that he is thankful for his pet rooster Roy. “When he crows I get up and also protect the herd,” he wrote.
Jasmine wrote that she is thankful for education and Ashaunti said that she is thankful “for my sweet teacher, Mrs. Hill.”
On Friday morning the students participated in the yearly Character Program that emphasizes the six pillars of good character; respect, responsibility, fairness, kindness, trustworthiness, and good citizenship.
The students gathered in the gym and sang about being thankful under the direction of Mary Freeman, music teacher. “Part of good citizenship is being thankful and that is what we are going to sing about today. And, especially thankful for our school, Davidson Elementary,” Freeman said.
The first group to entertain were the kindergarten students who sang about how much they love their new assistant principal, Grace Dickerson.
The first graders followed and sang the friend song that tells how happy they are when they are with their best friend.
Other songs honored new Superintendent, Dr. Deborah Moran, DES Principal Chester Drewery, the DES staff and the many volunteers.
Freeman ended the program by saying, “Remember to be thankful for faith, family, freedom and friends this Thanksgiving. And, remember that a thankful heart is a happy heart.”