My Own Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

I have a very ambitious group of Student Council members this year.  First on their agenda was to do a fund raiser, but they had no idea what they were raising money to do.  That seems to be the common thing that every group wants to do.  Once we got that out of the way, we planned the Homecoming festivities – the dress up days that we have each year – and moved on to the new events we wanted to try.

Enter the Thanksgiving Feast.

Let me start out by saying that we are not serving food.  It is enough to trust some of those sweet little campers with safety scissors, as they, as most middle schoolers do, tend to act first and then think.  Cooking a meal for the middle school with them is more than my little brain can fathom…or wants to fathom for that matter.

The original plan included crafty decorations for the tables.  The tables would be arranged in U shape.  Each table would have its own tablecloth.  We would have places for students to write what they were thankful for.  And we would show “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”

The actual plan includes the plastic tablecloths, a hodgepodge of decorations from homes and the dollar store, hand turkeys on which each students writes what he or she is thankful for, and we are showing “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”

Although it is far from the Martha Stewart/TV teen show picture in their heads, this has been awesome to watch.  At 7:10 yesterday morning, I had ten students in the cafeteria pre-cutting the tablecloths and starting the “Walls of Thanksgiving.”  One of the student brought a glittery pumpkin for decoration.  During lunch each day, I have had a table full of kids who have been managing the creating of the hand turkeys.  Even with some kids still “accidently” covering their hands in Sharpie, it went so smoothly, and everyone got to participate – even the kids who deemed it not cool.

We’re ready for this today.  And just like the show, it may look like a mess of popcorn, toast, chairs that don’t match, and imperfection at its finest.

But it is theirs.  They did this out of their own desire to serve.  They are leading by serving.

And for that, I am thankful.

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