November is a month for gratitude. Everest elementary students have focused on gratitude in a special way as the virtue of the month for November.  Here are some of the ways the students have lived gratitude this month. 

How can we help younger students to understand and live the virtue of gratitude? This was the question formation instructors Fr. Timothy Wysocki, LC and Miss Gaby Ruiloba asked the middle school campus ministry club members at the beginning of November. The question opened a brainstorming and planning session. The following week members of the club visited the the third through fifth-grade boys’ recess at which they presented a skit and introduced a game of kickball – with a twist. Each player was to yell something he was grateful for every time he kicked the ball. Other members of the club presented a different game in the second-grade classroom. The middle school students demonstrated excellent leadership assisting the younger students in understanding and living the virtue of gratitude.

As faculty, staff, students, and visitors walk down the elementary hallway, they will see a big tree on the wall, with leaves of different colors. It is called the tree of thanks, and, if you look closely, you can see all the things our students, faculty, and staff members are grateful for written on the leaves including: life, my family, school, warm clothes, friends, pets, cousins, Jesus, and so many things make us realize how blessed we are.

Thanksgiving decorations can be found all over campus. Quotes from Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever” decorated by kindergarten students, or a poster made by junior kindergarten reading, “gratitude turns what we have into enough”  are just two examples of how teachers and students have transformed our school into a place of gratitude.

Here at Everest, we are grateful for every member of our community. Happy Thanksgiving!