During this pandemic, it has been difficult to continue school traditions due to social distancing and other safety protocols. That is why we are incredibly thankful to still have been able to fill our “Thankful Turkey,” a tradition that debuted during the 2019-2020 school year.
The “Thankful Turkey” was developed by the student Very Important Partner (VIP) club, with the goal to promote gratitude within our school community. Club members spent their lunch collecting “feathers” that students wrote what they were thankful for on. These feathers filled a decorative turkey hung up on the wall. Last year, the event was planned to last a week and half, but it was so successful that the turkey was full of feathers on the first day.
This year, the club was insistent on continuing this tradition. Students were able to submit their thankful responses virtually, through a google form. The VIP club also partnered with our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) committee to give out SOAR points to students who participated. Each day, the club’s president, Jessie Bickett, read through the responses and chose the most unique and creative ones to include on a daily graphic slide for our social media platforms.
The “Thankful Turkey” will continue until Thanksgiving Break. Encourage your students to submit their thankful responses!