Gobbling Good Time at John Weldon’s “Thankful for Families”

Posted on 12/03/2019
John Weldon students greet guests at the check-in table


John Weldon Elementary school hosted a Thanksgiving luncheon called “Thankful for Families,” that brought the school community together. Families were invited to join their students in the lunchroom and share in a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Sodexo provided a turkey lunch, complete with pumpkin pie and whipped cream.

“It’s great for our kids to be able to invite families, grandparents, and everyone in,” said Lauren Lickenbrock, fourth-grade teacher and organizer of the event. “But I think it’s also great for our kids who don’t have families or don’t get to do Thanksgiving so much. When they come in to eat, if they don’t have a family, other families just gravitate towards them and pull them in, and they feel like they’re at their own little Thanksgiving meal. I think for those kids it just makes it extra special that they know they have this John Weldon family.”

John Weldon family attends the luncheonFamilies were welcomed by students in the lobby and then directed to their child’s classroom. In the cafeteria, fourth- and fifth-graders helped carry trays, took drink orders, and even cleaned tables. “Our students look forward to this day because they get to take on a leadership role,” said Principal Bryan Howse. “They really enjoy it, and they talk a lot about getting to demonstrate the manners that they learned over the years.”

The Thankful for Families event is another way John Weldon reaches out to engage their school community. “It’s just an awesome event to be able to bring our families and the community together and to really continue building that relationship with all our families,” said Howse. “It helps you understand your students in a whole different way when you really get to connect with their parents and grandparents.”

During the busy holidays, it’s important for students to take the time to recognize what they are thankful for and why. “I hope the students take away that we’re thankful for what they are thankful for,” said Howse. “That they slow down to appreciate the school community, the staff, the parents. That they see that we truly work all together to help them be successful.”

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