Thanks from the heart


Corey Jackson, left, a fifth-grader at Williams Elementary School, and Kassidy Galloway, a third-grader at Caring and Sharing Learning School, expressed what Thanksgiving Day means to them through their artwork.

AIDA MALLARD/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 1:24 p.m.

Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, and children in after-school programs in east Gainesville say they are thankful for their families and friends.

Guardian staff talked to students in the Kids Count programs at Williams Elementary School, which meets at the Rotary Boys & Girls Club Mentor Center in Lincoln Estates, and at Rawlings Elementary, which meets at Faith United Methodist Church across the street from the school. Staff also interviewed students who attend the Woodland Park Boys & Girls Club on Sugarhill.

Students talked about what Thanksgiving means to them and what they are thankful for the most.

Alexiia Miller, a third-grader at Idylwild Elementary School who attends Woodland Park, also showed that she already understands the basic principles of politics. She said she is very thankful for the club, as Natalya Bannister, southeast area director of the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County, stood nearby smiling.

"That is so sweet," Bannister said.

Below is what the students had to say:

Thanksgiving means that he will get a chance to play a lot and be with his family. "I am thankful for my mama, my daddy and my whole family."

Deon English,

second-grade,

Williams Elementary

Thanksgiving means that she will get a chance to eat turkey and her grandmother's macaroni and cheese. "I am thankful for my grandma and my sister."

Emaney Hicks,

kindergarten,

Williams

Thanksgiving means a lot to him because he loves turkey, gets a chance to play all day and eat a lot. "I am thankful for my family and friends."

Quentin Mavin,

second-grade,

Williams

Thanksgiving means being around family and friends and eating. I am "thankful for family and friends."

Chris Morgan,

third-grade,

Williams

Thanksgiving means that he is going to have a lot of fun eating and playing with his friends. "I am thankful for my family, my daddy and my mama, and my brother, and my cousins."

Laron Murphy,

first-grade,

Williams

Thanksgiving is all about eating turkey and other good food. "I am thankful for my family, friends, football and basketball."

Jordan Welch,

first-grade,

Williams

Thanksgiving means she will get a chance to eat with her family and play with her baby brother. "I am thankful for my mom and my family." She will be going to Atlanta with her family to visit an aunt."

Carlisha Williams,

second-grade,

Williams

Thanksgiving means being happy, having fun and gathering with family and friends at his grandmother's home. "I am thankful for my mom and all of my family, and some people."

Ke'shun Brown,

third-grade,

Rawlings Elementary

Thanksgiving means doing something nice for people, adding that he learned about the history of the holiday in Head Start. "I am thankful for my mama, grandmamma and my family."

Lewis Williams,

third-grade,

Rawlings

"Thanksgiving Day means a time when Pilgrims and Indians got together to eat and give thanks to God. I'm thankful for my family being together on Thanksgiving. We have fun playing and eating."

Khamori Douglas,

fifth grade,

Williams

"Thanksgiving Day means joy. I'm thankful for my family expecting a new baby."

Traylan Frazier,

second grade,

Idylwild Elementary School

Thanksgiving Day means getting together to eat turkey. "I'm most thankful for my family."

Nick Miller,

second grade,

Idylwild

"Thanksgiving Day means rejoicing in God for his gifts and getting together with family and friends. "I'm most thankful for my family being there when I need them."

Corey Jackson,

fifth grade,

Williams

"Thanksgiving Day means food and apple pie. "I'm thankful for the Boys and Girls Club letting me and my brother Nick stay here."

Alexiia Miller,

third grade,

Idylwild

Thanksgiving Day means eating with his family. "I'm happy school is out."

Kyan Frazier,

second grade,

Williams

"Thanksgiving Day means getting together with everybody in the family, talking and having a great day. I'm most thankful for my mom and God. I say thank you to my mom by hugging and kissing her and I thank God by praying."

Kassidy Galloway,

third grade,

Caring and Sharing Learning School

Thanksgiving Day means traveling to Alabama or West Palm Beach to eat a lot of food with his family.

Trey Butler,

first grade,

Rawlings

"I'm thankful for my parents and my teachers."

Jonquitta Sallett,

second grade,

Rawlings

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