By Ely Schosek
Thanksgiving is a time devoted to giving thanks, much as the name suggests. Not everyone is grateful for everything they have, sometimes it takes more than it should for someone to realize.
This is where the phrase, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone” can be applied. Many families discuss what they are thankful for at the Thanksgiving table, but it isn’t uncommon for kids to struggle for an answer.
That is part of the reason why SGI’s National Honor Society inductees recently introduced a sort of “grateful project” at the high school.
“Gratitude is a time where you should reflect about all the things in your life you’re grateful for but don’t always notice,” noted NHS Secretary Sam Yetter.
Nick Sullivan, NHS president, mentioned the following: “I think that it’s nice to take the time to appreciate all of the good things we have in our life, and this was a good way to help students think about this.”
Hannah Bergner added that NHS members “wanted to create an atmosphere in school that would allow students to express themselves.”
Each student was given a sheet at the start of the week before Thanksgiving break. This sheet simply listed each day of the week with space for students to write. They were asked to write down one thing they were thankful for each day during homeroom.
“By writing these things down you see all the things you appreciate that don’t seem very obvious in your daily life,” Sam added. At this time, teachers also play the morning announcements video.
Each day, one NHS member made an appearance and told SGI students what they were thankful for to lead by example. At the end of the week, the sheets were collected and hung up outside the classes.
“Sometimes we just forget about the things that we are grateful for and having five days to recall those things helps us realize that life is full of amazing things that we may forget about because of the crazy lives people are living these days,” Hannah Bergner said.
“We don’t always realize what we have in our lives and just see the negative things, but this forced you to slow down and reflect on something good in your life that you’re grateful for,” Sam added.
“I think it was a good idea because we tend to forget all of the good things we have in our life so it’s a good reminder when we take a second to write down the things that we are grateful for,” Emily Ehlers mentioned.
“I think it was a good way to start kids thinking about the things in their life that are good and help them appreciate them more, rather than focus on the negative things in life,” Brianna Kruszka said.
NHS members wrote thank you cards to SGI teachers to show that students are grateful for their teachers as much as they may say otherwise.
“Our goal of having a week of gratitude was to spread positivity and gratitude to our school community and we wanted to lead the students and staff in reflecting each day on something they are grateful for,” Emily Ehlers said.
Morgan Kotlarsz added that NHS wanted to do something in celebration of Thanksgiving.
“This is the first time we’ve done this,” said NHS President Nick Sullivan. “This seemed to be a success so we might try to do stuff like it in the future.”
Wyatt Fuller said it “gave everyone a chance to realize what means the most to them.” Similarly, Jessie Seifert said that she thought it was a good idea because “it might’ve made kids more appreciative of the things in their lives.”
Giving thanks should not just be limited to around Thanksgiving; it should be year-round. SGI’s NHS members hoped to get students in the Thanksgiving spirit and to get them thinking about what they are grateful for with their recent project.